rattle off


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to rattle off: by all means, sure enough, somehow or other

rattle off

To say or recite something very quickly, without much thought or consideration. This guy doesn't know what he's talking about; he's just rattling off a bunch of industry buzz words. The accountant rattled the numbers off to me, but I couldn't tell you what they all meant.
See also: off, rattle
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rattle something off

 and reel something off
to recite something quickly and accurately. She can really reel song lyrics off. Listen to Mary rattle off those numbers.
See also: off, rattle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rattle off

Also, reel off. Utter or perform rapidly or effortlessly, often at length. For example, The treasurer rattled off the list of all those who had not paid their dues, or She reeled off song after song. The verb rattle has been used for fast talking since the late 1300s and for other kinds of fast production since the late 1800s (George Bernard Shaw wrote of "men who rattle off their copy" in a letter of 1896). The verb reel off, which alludes to unwinding from a reel, has been used figuratively since about 1830.
See also: off, rattle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rattle off

v.
To recite something rapidly and easily; reel something off: She rattled off the names of people who had recently applied for the job opening. He knows every state capital and can easily rattle them off if you ask him to.
See also: off, rattle
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.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
In today's media-driven culture, many of our children can rattle off the verses of their favorite rap tunes long before they can recite their ABC's.
These FE candidates have gone through weeks of memorization and can rattle off facts about the P-3 with ease.
Yet other scenes seem to rattle off the greatest hits of Sunday school as if by rote.
Soon I could rattle off the perfect assortment of dessert cheeses with my eyes closed.
IT'S been a long time since schoolboys could rattle off the names of the eight world boxing champions without pausing for breath.
This derby clash is traditionally a humdinger -but Saints are an incredible 1-25 on Betfair to rattle off their ninth straight victory.
This weekend they saw Mr Barrass rattle off the answers to three more questions to claim pounds 250,000.