rattle off

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rattle off (third-person singular simple present rattles off, present participle rattling off, simple past and past participle rattled off)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To list or recite quickly.
    When I suggested it, he promptly rattled off a dozen reasons that it wouldn't work.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To rail at; to scold.
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull:
      She would sometimes rattle off her servants sharply.

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