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rat (one) out

To inform an authority figure of one's bad or illegal behavior. I can't believe you ratted me out like that to Mom and Dad—I'm never telling you anything ever again! The criminal ratted out his accomplices to avoid jail time.
See also: out, rat
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rat out

Sl. to quit; to fink out (on someone or something). It's too late to rat out. He tried to rat out at the last minute.
See also: out, rat
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rat out

v.
To expose or reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about someone: The newspapers ratted out the people who were involved with the scam.
See also: out, rat
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rat out

in. to quit; to fink out (on someone/something). He tried to rat out at the last minute.
See also: out, rat
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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