n.— «A rat, in the parlance of Connecticut state legislators, is a bill or an amendment slipped in quietly to favor a friend or a special interest. Two Hartford City Council members recently schemed to sneak through a rat. They had the audacity to think they could get away with it.» —“While the cats were away…” Hartford Courant (Conn.) Oct. 20, 1998. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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