roust

vb
American
to disturb, harass and/or arrest. The word is usually used to describe the actions of police against suspects. Roust was first used by criminals or street-frequenters in the early 20th cen-tury, later by the law-enforcers them-selves; it is from the noun 'rouster', a version of 'roustabout', employing a strong form of 'rouse'.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Roust — (roust), v. t. To rouse; to disturb; as, to roust one out. [Prov. Eng. & Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roust — Roust, n. [Cf. Icel. r[ o]st an estuary.] A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel. [Written also {rost}, and {roost}.] Jamieson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roust — [ raust ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to make someone get up or move from somewhere quickly: For him to get Shelley to roust me out of bed, it had to be important. 2. ) to treat someone in a rough or violent way: Police officers rousted homeless… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • roust — roust·er; roust; …   English syllables

  • roust — [roust] vt. [dial. form of ROUSE1 with unhistoric t] Informal 1. to rouse or stir (up) 2. to rout or drive (out) …   English World dictionary

  • roust — [raust] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from rouse] AmE to make someone move from a place ▪ We rousted him out of bed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roust — 1650s, probably an alteration of ROUSE (Cf. rouse) …   Etymology dictionary

  • roust — ► VERB 1) cause to get up or start moving; rouse. 2) N. Amer. informal treat roughly; harass. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of ROUSE(Cf. ↑rouse) …   English terms dictionary

  • roust|er — «ROWS tuhr», noun. U.S. a roustabout …   Useful english dictionary

  • roust — [[t]ra͟ʊst[/t]] rousts, rousting, rousted VERB If you roust someone, you disturb, upset, or hit them, or make them move from their place. [AM] [V n] Relax, kid, we re not about to roust you. We just want some information... [V n out] Bruce had… …   English dictionary

  • roust — UK [raʊst] / US verb [transitive] Word forms roust : present tense I/you/we/they roust he/she/it rousts present participle rousting past tense rousted past participle rousted formal to make someone get up or move from somewhere quickly …   English dictionary

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