rattle\ off


rattle\ off
• rattle off
• reel off
v
To say quickly without having to stop to think; recite easily and rapidly.

When Roger was seven he could rattle off the names of all the states in alphabetical order.

Joan memorized the "Gettysburg Address" so well that she could reel it off.

We asked the waitress what flavors of ice cream she had, and she rattled them off.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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