Muskrat up your butt

Posted by Smokey Stover on January 10, 2004

In Reply to: Muskrat up your butt posted by R. Berg on January 10, 2004

: : In this novel I'm reading I found the following question by one of the characters:

: : "Are you a local peacenik with a muskrat up your butt about the military?"

: : Can anyone tell me its meaning? Also, is it a spiced-up version of a more common expression, like 'to have a rat up one's... ' or something similar?

: : Thanks a lot!

: About the same as "chip on your shoulder."

Or a bee in your bonnet. I am somewhat startled that someone would actually write that sentence. Peaceniks are more often than not urban or suburban folk, while muskrats are about as rural as you can get. I don't know which novelist this one is, but I daresay there are damned few of them who have ever actually seen a muskrat. SS