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wharf rat  


      n  
1    any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves  
2    Informal   a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes  
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wharf  
      n   pl   , wharves   , wharfs  
1    a platform of timber, stone, concrete, etc., built parallel to the waterfront at a harbour or navigable river for the docking, loading, and unloading of ships  
2    the wharves     (N.Z.)   the working area of a dock  
3       an obsolete word for       shore   1  
      vb   tr  
4    to moor or dock at a wharf  
5    to provide or equip with a wharf or wharves  
6    to store or unload on a wharf  
     (Old English hwearf heap; related to Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb a turn, Old Norse hvarf circle)  


wharf rat  
      n  
1    any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves  
2    Informal   a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes  

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wharf  

  
dock, jetty, landing stage, pier, quay  

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See also:

wharfie, wharfage, whare

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