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Rout, subst. 1) the mass, the multitude: “a vulgar comment will be made of it, and that supposed by the common r.” Err. III, 1, 101. “and after me, I know, the r. is coming,” Shr. III, 2, 183. “that put'st odds among the r. of nations,” Tim. IV, 3, 43. “that I profess myself in banqueting to all the r.” Caes. I, 2, 78. now sleep yslaked hath the r. Per. III Prol. 1 (== evening party?).
2) a gang, a set: “if that rebellion came like itself, in base and abject --s,” H4B IV, 1, 33. “cheering a r. of rebels with your drum,” IV, 2, 9. “Charles, Alençon and that traitorous r.” H6A IV, 1, 173. “the ringleader and head of all this r.” H6B II, 1, 170.
3) uproar, brawl: “how this foul r. began,” Oth. II, 3, 210.
4) disordered flight: “all is on the r.” H6B V, 2, 31. “a retire, anon a r., confusion thick,” Cymb. V, 3, 41.
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