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    #1

    Unhappy rat's behind

    What does rat's behind means like in following sentences
    I SYMPATHISE WITH THE FAMILIES OF US SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, BUT REALLY,
    OUTSIDE THE US NO ONE GIVES A RAT'S BEHIND.


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    Re: rat's behind

    Quote Originally Posted by yasmine View Post
    What does rat's behind means like in following sentences
    I SYMPATHISE WITH THE FAMILIES OF US SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, BUT REALLY,
    OUTSIDE THE US NO ONE GIVES A RAT'S BEHIND.
    People outside the US do not care two hoots (do not care at all) about US soldiers, unlike their relatives.

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    Re: rat's behind

    Someone cleaned up the expression. It's usually "A rat's a-s-s" - not terribly offensive, but still not completely polite either

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    Re: rat's behind

    Quote Originally Posted by yasmine View Post
    What does rat's behind means like in following sentences
    I SYMPATHISE WITH THE FAMILIES OF US SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, BUT REALLY,
    OUTSIDE THE US NO ONE GIVES A RAT'S BEHIND.
    There are many many expressions for being uninterested - not to give a hoot [sometimes "two hoots"], not to give a fig, not to give a damn [possibly a "dam" - a small piece of metal used by a tinker to mend a pot, whence "not to give a tinker's cuss" which starts out with the idea of a tinker's dam, then adds the n, then changes "damn" to "cuss [=curse]"... It's possible that the writer chose "rat's behind" because of an association in the journalistic mind of desert war with rats; maybe the writer had read about 'the Desert Rats' 7th Armoured Division (United Kingdom) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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