rout out


2 [rout]
verb (used without object)
to root: pigs routing in the garden.
to poke, search, or rummage.
verb (used with object)
to turn over or dig up (something) with the snout.
to find or get by searching, rummaging, etc. (usually followed by out ).
to cause to rise from bed (often followed by up or out ).
to force or drive out.
to hollow out or furrow, as with a scoop, gouge, or machine.

1540–50; alteration of root2; compare Middle Dutch ruten to root out Unabridged
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rout1 (raʊt)
1.  an overwhelming defeat
2.  a disorderly retreat
3.  a noisy rabble
4.  law a group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act
5.  archaic a large party or social gathering
6.  (tr) to defeat and cause to flee in confusion
[C13: from Anglo-Norman rute, from Old French: disorderly band, from Latin ruptus broken, from rumpere to burst; see route]

rout2 (raʊt)
vb (usually foll by out) (often foll by out)
1.  to dig over or turn up (something), esp (of an animal) with the snout; root
2.  (tr; usually foll by out or up) to get or find by searching
3.  to force or drive out: they routed him out of bed at midnight
4.  to hollow or gouge out
5.  (intr) to search, poke, or rummage
[C16: variant of root²]

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Word Origin & History

1598, "disorderly retreat," from M.Fr. route "disorderly flight of troops," lit. "a breaking off, rupture," from V.L. rupta "a dispersed group," lit. "a broken group," from L. rupta, fem. pp. of rumpere "to break" (see rupture). The verb is from 1600.
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