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  • noun obsolete, Northern England The practice of sabotaging machinery or tools as part of an industrial dispute

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Examples

  • What if the vengeance of the housemaid menaced by the imposition of a "calico apron" or a "medium straw bonnet" should assume a darker form, and a system of domestic "rattening" should spread terror through the tranquil parsonages of England?

    Modern Women and What is Said of Them A Reprint of A Series of Articles in the Saturday Review (1868)

  • Perhaps compulsion was sometimes used -- a sort of "rattening" by which large bodies were driven to the poll to carry this or the other measure.

    Life of Cicero Volume One

  • He cried out at the sight, and so did the rascals who had done their rattening for a comparatively innocent purpose.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • The remedy will be found in a Novelists 'League, with tickets, and boycotting, and strikes, and rattening, and all the other devices for getting our own way in an oppressive world.

    Lost Leaders

  • Literature knows no Trades Unions, but if things go on as they are at present, perhaps we shall hear of literary rattening and picketing.

    Lost Leaders

  • So are, or ought to be, rattening and intimidation.

    Lectures and Essays

  • However, he'll be good against rattening; and you have lost a fortnight, and there are a good many orders.

    Put Yourself in His Place

  • He is the treasurer and secretary of an Union that does not number three hundred persons; yet in that small Union, of which he is dictator, there has been as much rattening, and more shooting, and blowing-up wholesale and retail, with the farcical accompaniment of public repudiation, than in all the other Unions put together.

    Put Yourself in His Place

  • The property found on him was identified and the magistrate offered the prisoner a jury, which he declined; then the magistrate dealt with the case summarily, refused to recognize rattening, called the offense

    Put Yourself in His Place

  • "What, for her services in rattening us?" said Little, dryly.

    Put Yourself in His Place

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