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She lifted one hand in a gesture of command, and called out to the rabble.

Behind these stood a rabble of some thirty others at six sous apiece.

It is the day of the Dantons, and the Marats, the day of the rabble.

A person of breeding choosing the cause of the rout and rabble!

And are these people—this rabble that you talk of—received as my papa's guests?

In the end he was taken unawares by the out-rush of the rabble.

At every pause the rabble below yelled, 'Down with the Oligarchs!

The philosophers of the Institute caught the manners of the rabble.

Two years from now, when the rabble get onto the racket, the glory will be gone.

Dorn saw his eyes kindle with a kindliness as he denounced the rabble about them.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "pack of animals," possibly related to Middle English rablen "to gabble, speak in a rapid, confused manner," probably imitative of hurry, noise, and confusion (cf. Middle Dutch rabbelen, Low German rabbeln "to chatter"). Meaning "tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people" is from late 14c.; applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace from 1550s.

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