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 Rout (A).Rove (1 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rou’tiers.
 
Adventurers who made war a trade and let themselves out to anyone who would pay them. So called because they were always on the route or moving from place to place. (Twelfth century.)   1
 


 Rout (A).Rove (1 syl.). 

 
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