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like a rat up a drainpipe

Very hastily and opportunistically. 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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The government scrapped the drainpipe project after the protest.
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Unless the bolts that anchor your toilet to the drainpipe flange are in good shape, you should replace them.
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.
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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. Wrong.