ratschen

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Etymology 1[edit]

If the use of clothes is older than that of skin, perhaps identical with etymology 2, from the sound of fabric being torn in two.

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ratschen (third-person singular simple present ratscht, past tense ratschte, past participle geratscht, auxiliary haben)

  1. (informal, often reflexive) to snag; to cut accidentally on something pointed or sharp, especially one's skin or clothes
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle High German ratzen, retschen (to make noise, to chatter).

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ratschen (third-person singular simple present ratscht, past tense ratschte, past participle geratscht, auxiliary haben)

  1. to make noise with a ratchet
  2. (colloquial, southern Germany, Austria) to chat
    Synonyms: quatschen, schwätzen
    • 2018 December 20, Anonymous, “Horror-Date: Der alternde Skater”, in jetzt[1]:
      Im Park angekommen, war ich mir eigentlich recht sicher, dass ich wusste, was zu tun ist. Wir rollten eine Weile herum, ratschten und hatten an und für sich keine schlechte Zeit.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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