roustabout

[ roust-uh-bout ]SEE DEFINITION OF roustabout
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From management to roustabout there are common ties of interest.

I want a slush-bucket and a brush; I'm only fit for a roustabout.

This for the feet, or the head, of the first roustabout that shows himself!

He encountered the hunter, Deming, and asked after the roustabout.

He had four hours off, and he meant to make an opportunity of talking to the roustabout.

The roustabout woke with a shudder, flinching under Rainey's hand.

Gentleman and roustabout, one and all, were linked together by a common anxiety.

The only man who can tell you that is the roustabout who cleans the animals cage.

"Out here, you only forget once," the roustabout said, releasing her.

I was housemaid and roustabout from sunrise to weary sunset.

WORD ORIGIN

"deck hand, wharf worker," 1868, perhaps from roust + about. But another theory connects it to British dialect rousing "rough, shaggy," a word associated perhaps with rooster. With extended senses in U.S., including "circus hand" (1931); "manual laborer on an oil rig" (1948).

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