roust

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roust (third-person singular simple present rousts, present participle rousting, simple past and past participle rousted)

  1. (transitive) to rout out of bed; to rouse
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII
      "Why didn't you roust me out?" / "Well, I tried to, but I couldn't; I couldn't budge you." / "Well, all right. Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast. I'll be along in a minute."
  2. To harass, to treat in a rough way.
    • 1962, Cape Fear, 00:28:45
      My client is an ex-convict. He's been constantly harassed by the police... subjected to extreme mental cruelty and public degradation. He's even been denied an adequate place to live! To be very blunt, gentlemen, my client has been thoroughly rousted.
  1. (transitive, slang) to arrest

Noun[edit]

roust (plural rousts)

  1. A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jamieson to this entry?)

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