Hello everyone,
I was watching the film "About a boy" the other day and I distinctly heard Hugh Grant say "I think we beat the rat there, mate." This is obviously an idiom - one on which my dictionaries are suspiciously silent, and so is (1).
A search in Google (UK only, (2)) yields 36 results but almost all of them read 'beat the rat race'. Now, I know what a rat race is, so it seems pretty straight forward what 'to beat the rat race' means - something like 'not taking part in the competition for success etc. any more'. But I can't really figure out what Hugh Grant meant.
Any help greatly appreciated.
TIA and greetings from southern Germany,
Frido
(1) http://tinyurl.com/qdtxp
(2) http://tinyurl.com/p4xq6
Frido Schefft (Email Removed):
I was watching the film "About a boy" the other day and I distinctly heard Hugh Grant say "I think we beat the rat there, mate."

I think you'll find he says `beat the rap'.
b.

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Am Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:28:37 +0100 schrieb Ben Shimmin:
I was watching the film "About a boy" the other ... Grant say "I think we beat the rat there, mate."

I think you'll find he says `beat the rap'.

Oops, well... But I still don't have a clue. What does that mean?
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Frido Schefft (Email Removed):
Am Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:28:37 +0100 schrieb Ben Shimmin:

Oops, well... But I still don't have a clue. What does that mean?

Oh, sorry, a definition would have been helpful, wouldn't it? Emotion: smile

It means `avoid being punished'.
b.

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Am Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:43:48 +0100 schrieb Ben Shimmin:
Am Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:28:37 +0100 schrieb Ben Shimmin: Oops, well... But I still don't have a clue. What does that mean?

Oh, sorry, a definition would have been helpful, wouldn't it? Emotion: smile It means `avoid being punished'.

That fits the situation perfectly. Thank you.
I was watching the film "About a boy" the other ... Grant say "I think we beat the rat there, mate."

I think you'll find he says `beat the rap'. b.

There is a pub game "Twat the Rat" where a toy rat is dropped down a drainpipe by the operator, whose hand is screened from view. The aim is to arrest its movement with a single stroke of a stick as it emerges.
Your explanation, though less fun, makes more sense.

Martin.
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