rat (one) out(redirected from ratted someone out)
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.
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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.
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To expose or reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about someone: The newspapers ratted out the people who were involved with the scam.
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in. to quit; to fink out (on someone/something). He tried to rat out at the last minute.
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