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But the odds are against us, and there's no reason why you should be in the rumpus, Georgianna.

"Elizabeth and her mother has had some sort of a rumpus," declared Esther.

She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.

For heaven's sake, Mr. Carmody, remember where we are and don't raise any rumpus.

Tex was with him when we had the rumpus with the Kiowas on the Canadian.

They found out we were seeing each other secretly, and they made a rumpus about it.

And we must be ready to fight, for that man will raise a rumpus.

Mr. Pike got into the rumpus and put him to sleep with one on the jaw.

You've no idea, Ridgeway, the rumpus a gun raises in a box like this.

Rumpus is just a mix-up, a row, anything that makes a noise, calls in the police.

WORD ORIGIN

1764, of unknown origin, "prob. a fanciful formation" [OED], possibly an alteration of robustious "boisterous, noisy" (1540s; see robust). First record of rumpus room "play room for children in a family home" is from 1938.

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