Talk:rocket

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Needs the sense of a communication (letter, telegram), in "send a rocket". (UK) As in "he had a complaint about the service, and sent a rocket to the managing director" Robert Ullmann 17:31, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Do you have an example of that use that you can find on the web?Wolfkeeper 13:32, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
google books:"sent him a rocket" pulls up six hits, including this:
  • 1980, David Schoenbrun, Soldiers of the Night: The Story of the French Resistance,[1] Dutton, ISBN 9780525206637, page 203,
    While [Colonel Robert] Solborg and [Jacques] Lemaigre[-Dubreuil] were dreaming of revolts, [William Joseph “Wild Bill”] Donovan had learned of Solborg’s insubordination and meddling. He sent him a “rocket” ordering him out of North Africa and back to Lisbon at once. Solborg flew to Lisbon and then on to Washington to face out his problem with Donovan.
overall, they all seem to be military and negative; something like “angry letter from a superior”, maybe — but I'm judging from a small sample size.
RuakhTALK 13:46, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Somewhere or other I've seen the unsavoury phrase 'put a rocket up him'.Wolfkeeper 18:23, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Stephenson's Rocket[edit]

It has intrigued me for years, but how was Stephenson's Rocket named in 1829, when what we know as rockets were not around for almost a hundred years later.--Dmol 08:53, 26 April 2009 (UTC)