Love rat
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British pronunciation/lˈʌv ɹˈat/
American pronunciation/lˈʌv ɹˈæt/
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someone, especially a man, who cheats on their partner with another person

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love rat definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "love rat" and when to use it?

The phrase is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century. Since rats are often associated with negative qualities such as sneaking around, betrayal, and spreading disease. By comparing someone to a rat, the term "love rat" emphasizes their disloyalty or infidelity in relationships. It is often used to describe men who cheat on their wives or girlfriends, but it can also be used to describe women who cheat on their husbands or boyfriends.

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Mark's reputation as a love rat spread quickly among his social circle, as he had a long history of cheating on his partners.
Jack thought he had found the love of his life, but soon discovered that his girlfriend, Emma, was a love rat.
Michelle ended her relationship with Tom when she discovered he had been a love rat, having secret affairs behind her back.
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