Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
The indecency of the whole place struck Mrs. Chailey forcibly.
Standing in the bare stone hall, and surveying a staircase of superb breadth, but cracked and carpetless, she further ventured the opinion that there were rats, as large as terriers at home, and that if one put one's foot down with any force one would come through the floor.
1. in a way that involves the use of physical force;
2. in a way that makes sth very clear;
a small active dog. There are many types of terrier.