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Definitions :

skip (CONTAINER) UK noun [C]

Large metal container into which people put unwanted items, scrap, or other waste intended for disposal, and which is brought to and taken away from a place by a special truck when requested.

rat (PERSON) noun [C] INFORMAL

Person dressed in old clothes often found rummaging in unpleasant places.

skiprat (PERSON) UK noun [C] INFORMAL

Person who specializes in rummaging in skips looking for scrap. The skiprat considers waste or scrap to be recyclable materials to be stored for "a rainy day". Skiprats may be displaced from their residences by huge volumes of stored materials for which the rainy day has not arrived (yet). Aspires to check the contents of skips before that special truck arrives to take them away. Considered by observers with a sensible disposition to be certifiable. Might be known in the USA as a "Dumpster Diver".

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