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2021.08.07 22:03
english slang of the day:

“to rat (someone) out” // verb

this expression isn’t new, but it’s understood by almost everyone. it means “to tell on someone,” or basically to snitch on someone. when someone does something wrong and they ask you to keep it secret or there is understood secrecy involved, by telling someone else about it, you are “ratting them out.”

-“Hey, why do you have to retake the exam? I thought you got away with it?”

-“No, Evan ratted me out, so the professor knows it was me who stole the answer sheet.”
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  • Daniel Campos 2021.08.07 22:09

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    Evan me delató Evan me echó de cabeza. Thanks, Alyssa. They're so useful for me.
  • Alyssa 2021.08.07 22:14

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    @Daniel Campos y gracias a ti! nunca he escuchado esas expresiones tampoco!
  • Alfonso 2021.08.07 22:16

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    Thanks!
  • Ro 2021.08.07 22:16

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    Is it the same saying “to set (someone) up?
  • Alyssa 2021.08.07 22:20

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    @Ro not exactly. to set someone up means you purposely do things to make sure someone either gets caught or seen in a bad light. does that make sense?
  • Ahmed 2021.08.07 22:24

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    Snitches get stitches 🤨
  • Ro 2021.08.07 22:25

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    @Alyssa Entiendo. Thanks for explaining
  • Alyssa 2021.08.08 13:32

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    @Ahmed haha exactly!!!
  • Victor C. 2021.08.08 20:12

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    @Alyssa I've got a question not directly related, but I see that in English we use "out" a lot. Will the slang won't work if I say: He ratted her.? (Instead of ratted her out) Thanks!
  • Miguel Z. 2021.08.08 21:25

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    Here in Venezuela some people vulgarly use "rata" (rat) as an adjective to refer to a person who failed or did something against someone. Although it is a derogatory word. In English is derogatory to use that word in the context that you explain? Could Evan be offended when someone says "Evan ratted me out"?
  • Alyssa 2021.08.10 02:06

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    @Victor C. you do need to include “out” in the phrase or it won’t make sense. we do use “out” a lot, you’re right!
  • Alyssa 2021.08.10 02:07

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    @Miguel Z. he would only be offended that you’re confronting him about ratting you out. the actual expression or word “rat” in this scenario would not be offensive. i hope that helps!
  • Miguel Z. 2021.08.10 02:08

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    @Alyssa It is good to know it. Thank you!
  • Zakaria 2021.08.10 07:55

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    Thanks for you 🙏

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