To rattle off
Rattle Rat"tle (r[a^]t"t'l), v. t. 1. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain. [1913 Webster]

2. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise. [1913 Webster]

Sound but another [drum], and another shall As loud as thine rattle the welkin's ear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

4. To scold; to rail at. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

{To rattle off}. (a) To tell glibly or noisily; as, to rattle off a story. (b) To rail at; to scold. ``She would sometimes rattle off her servants sharply.'' --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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