verb (used with object)
to rout, as from a place: to roust someone out of bed.

1650–60; perhaps alteration of rouse1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
roust (raʊst)
vb (often foll by out)
to rout or stir, as out of bed
[C17: perhaps an alteration of rouse1]

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Word Origin & History

1658, probably an alteration of rouse. Roustabout "deck hand, wharf worker" is from 1868, perhaps from roust + about, but another theory connects it to Brit. dial. rousing "rough, shaggy," a word associated perhaps with rooster.
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Slang Dictionary

roust definition

  1. tv.
    [for a police officer] to bother or interfere with someone; to arrest someone. (See also rousted. Underworld.) : The cops rousted the gang without warning.
  2. tv.
    to raid someone's residence; to busta person or place. (Underworld.) : That bar was rousted last week.
  3. n.
    a raid or a bust. : Okay, stand still. This is a roust!
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Example sentences
Even in the middle of the night, the buzzer would roust someone out of bed when a large, distant earthquake occurred.
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