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|+||====== Rat ======|
|+||A [[c:compositor|compositor]], or [[p:pressman|pressman]], who executes work at less than the regular prices, or for less than the generality of the trade think it deserves, or for less than the [[c:chapel|chapel]] decides it ought to be paid, or for less than others are paid for it, becomes what is termed a //rat//; the most miserable situation, perhaps, that a workman can be placed in. He is hooted at and despised by the rest of the workmen in every house where he may obtain employment; and this feeling towards him does not subside, for the opprobrious epithet accompanies him for life.|