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rattle

2 noun
     
Related topics: Colours and Sounds, Toys
rattle2
1 [uncountable and countable]C a short repeated sound, made when something shakes:
They listened anxiously to every rattle and creak in the house.
rattle of
the rattle of chains
the faint rattle of distant gunfire
death rattle
rattle
2 [countable]DHT a baby's toy that makes a noise when it is shaken
3 [countable] British English an object that people shake to make a loud noise and show excitement or encouragement, for example at ceremonies or sports games

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