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In those days, "brat" was the general name for little folks.

His son, a brat of about fifteen, was accustomed to ride over to visit us.

There was a brat for you who laughed at words she ought not to understand!

And 'twas easy to see what she'd been through with Cousin Harriet and that brat.

"I know it, dad; but I'll try to get along without it," replied the brat.

If anything should happen to you, there would be but Sally and the Balaguine brat and I shouldn't like that.

As it is, unless you marry, I'll leave the property to Sally's brat and have him change his name.

Had it not been a mystery since the coming of the brat, who had been responsible for his tiny life?

It air only a brat what ain't nothin' but a grape-basket to sleep in.

If he air the brat's pa, let the brat's ma take care of him.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, slang, "beggar's child," originally northern, Midlands and western England dialect word for "makeshift or ragged garment;" probably the same word as Old English bratt "cloak," which is from a Celtic source (cf. Old Irish bratt "cloak, cloth"). The modern meaning is perhaps from notion of "child's apron." Hollywood Brat Pack (modeled on 1950s Rat Pack) is from 1985.

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