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rattle-trap

slang A rickety, broken-down, clunky old motor vehicle. I can't believe he's still driving the same old rattle-trap that he had way back in high school. I've sunk more money in this rattle-trap than the damn thing is even worth.

rattle-trap

n. a rattly (old) car; any rattly vehicle. I hear Ted’s rattle-trap in the driveway.
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Summary: A shiny green Volkswagen, standing out among the rattletraps on Gaza's dilapidated roads, is the latest hot item to come out of the besieged territory's smuggling tunnels.
As intercity trains, they're longer, smarter and more comfortable than the Central Trains rattletraps.
The drivers of these disgraceful rattletraps have been dealt with by the courts.
Blamed for thousands of road accidents over the years, the ubiquitous rattletraps will be scrapped and replaced with newer, bigger and, hopefully, safer buses to service South Africa's public transport needs in the absence of local government systems that deliver any real and convenient means of getting people to where they want to go, when they need to be there.
Will the people who live there stay put, or will they jump in their rattletraps and follow the South American vicuna's new northern migration?
This November was no exception, as rattletraps, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits proved to be the tools of the trade for this Roundup.
High schools need immense parking lots for the students' cars, with very few real rattletraps among them, even though the general minimum age for driving is 16.