“And I know too much for them to let me go and bring a few of our lads to rout out their nest,” he said, half aloud.
Now, father, we two will go across the Bay and rout out that old Troll.
Now sit right down Mr. Gilbert, and I'll go and rout out Norry, and you and her can have your breakfast sociably together.
And of course you can rout out evidence for anything under the sun from his dingy old folios.
Finally it occurred to him to rout out an old lieutenant of the 96th, named Livin, a poor devil with whom he often used to fence.
A word, a wave of her whip sufficed for the dog to rout out the recalcitrant sheep and send him bleating to his fellows.
He wished to rout out two men to whom he owed a very deep grudge, which he was fully determined to pay off.
Stewards, chief officers, mates, men rush in all directions to rout out Tubbs.
I had to rout out a dozing elevator operator, and as the lift swooped upward my anger rose with it.
Many of the front doors had been battered open in order to start the fires or to rout out the people who were in hiding.
1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).
The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.
"drive into disordered flight by defeat," c.1600, from rout (n.). Related: Routed; routing.