• To rat out means to reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about someone, especially to a person in authority.

  • To tell someone in authority about the wrong or illegal actions of another.

  • To tell on someone.

1. Johnny ratted out the group of vandals to the principal.

 

2. Karen ratted out the other girls who were smoking in the washroom.

 

3. He ratted me out to the police.

 

4. You’d better not rat me out.

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Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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