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like a rat up a drainpipe

In a very hasty, opportunistic manner. Like rats up a drainpipe, scalpers started snatching up as many tickets for the concert as they could so they could resell them to fans at greatly increased prices. The staff at these stores always rush over to you like rats up a drainpipe, eager to convince you to buy several things you don't need.
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like a rat up a drainpipe

with great and opportunistic speed and vigour. informal
2005 Scotland on Sunday Give Bazalgette an opening, and he's in there, like a rat up a drainpipe.
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God only knows why he chose my drainpipe to appear on, but I hope this won't mean floods of pilgrims flocking to my house after this," she added.
Llyen Peninsula councillor Anwen Davies says she has been inundated with complaints from residents about the underground drainpipe running through Rhydyclafdy but has been "pushed from pillar to post" by Welsh water bosses who told her it was not their problem.
If the slip nut attached to the drainpipe in the wall won't come off; spray on WD-40 and try a bigger wrench.
Installing a wastewater drain is simple if you're just tapping into an existing drainpipe in its original location.
The ministry inspected the pools following a fatal accident in which a 7-year-old girl died after being sucked into the drainpipe of a city-run swimming pool in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, on July 30.
Charles Siammon, aged 18, ran down an alley and climbed up a fire escape before attempting to ascend a drainpipe to the roof of a building.
Skirmishes between the Serbs and the Bulgarians are on their final embers as a Swiss mercenary (played by Salazar) fighting with the Serbs scurries up a drainpipe into the bedroom of Raina Petkoff (Harahan), the well-heeled daughter of one Bulgarian major (Mark Bramhall) and fiancee of a second (Deakins).
The effluent from a tannery's drainpipe has the same health effects on drinking water anywhere in the world.
While peppy TV commercials show seniors spelunking or bungi jumping for their Geritol, my parents limit themselves to a little gardening, dozing, and talking about which of their contemporaries is going down the drainpipe.
The best place to put drainpipe is along the footer, so that rising water can be Lamed away before it has a chance to climb and increase hydrostatic pressure against the wall.
Heat from the wastewater leaving the system is used to warm incoming fresh water using a heat exchanger, which results in safe drainpipe water temperature and reduced energy costs.
Most people think that cholesterol clogs an artery the same way too much sludge clogs a drainpipe.
When pipes clog up, it's generally because something gets stuck in them -- a hairball in a dream, leaves in a drainpipe.
A simple drainpipe elbow and PVC pipe can divert water away from the home's foundation or low lying areas of the yard where flooding is most problematic.
FIREFIGHTERS came to the rescue of a teenager with his hand stuck in a postbox and a child with his leg stuck in a drainpipe this morning.