roust

Definition

Slang

  • verb 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 century, later by the law-enforcers themselves; it is from the noun ‘rouster’, a version of ‘roustabout’, employing a strong form of ‘rouse’.
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