rattle around

rattle around
intransitive verb
: to have or give the impression of being tumbled about (as by living in too spacious quarters or holding a post one cannot fill)

gave him a suite of offices to rattle around in but nothing to do

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ˈrattle a ˌround [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they rattle around he/she/it rattles around present participle rattling around past tense rattled around past participle rattled around] phrasal verb
to live or work in a place in which you have a lot more space than you need
Thesaurus: to live, stay or work in a particular placesynonym towns, cities and villageshyponym
Main entry: rattle

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rattle around [phrasal verb]
rattle around or rattle around (something) informal : to live or spend time in a place that is very big

Her husband died last year, and now she's just rattling around in that huge house by herself.

rattle around the house

We rattled around Europe last summer.

— sometimes used figuratively

An old song has been rattling around in my head all day.

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Main Entry:rattle

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ˌrattle aˈround | ˌrattle aˈround sth derived
(informal) to be living, working, etc. in a room or building that is too big

She spent the last few years alone, rattling around the old family home.

Main entry:rattlederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • rattle around — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms rattle around : present tense I/you/we/they rattle around he/she/it rattles around present participle rattling around past tense rattled around past participle rattled around to live or work in a… …   English dictionary

  • rattle around — PHRASAL VERB If you say that someone rattles around in a room or other space, you mean that the space is too large for them. [V P in n] We don t want to move, but we re rattling around in our large house. [Also V P n] …   English dictionary

  • rattle around something — ˌrattle aˈround | ˌrattle aˈround sth derived (informal) to be living, working, etc. in a room or building that is too big • She spent the last few years alone, rattling around the old family home. Main entry: ↑rattlederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • rattle — rattle1 [rat′ l] vi. rattled, rattling [ME ratelen, prob. of WGmc echoic orig., akin to Ger rasseln] 1. to make a series of sharp, short sounds in quick succession 2. to go or move with such sounds [a wagon rattling over the stones] 3. to talk… …   English World dictionary

  • rattle — rat|tle1 [ˈrætl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Middle Low German ratelen] 1.) [I and T] if you rattle something, or if it rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds ▪ Dan banged on her door and rattled the handle. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rattle — 1 verb 1 (I, T) to shake, or make something shake, with quick repeated knocking noises: The windows rattled in the wind. | The beggar was rattling coins in an old mug. 2 (I) to move quickly, making a rattling noise (+ along/past/over etc): The… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rattle — I UK [ˈræt(ə)l] / US verb Word forms rattle : present tense I/you/we/they rattle he/she/it rattles present participle rattling past tense rattled past participle rattled 1) a) [intransitive] if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking… …   English dictionary

  • rattle — [[t]ræ̱t(ə)l[/t]] rattles, rattling, rattled 1) V ERG When something rattles or when you rattle it, it makes short sharp knocking sounds because it is being shaken or it keeps hitting against something hard. She slams the kitchen door so hard I… …   English dictionary

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  • rattle about — intransitive verb : to rattle around …   Useful english dictionary

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