River Demon to Robin Goodfellow
River Demon or River Horse was the Kelpie of the Lowlands of Scotland.
River of Paradise St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, the Last of the Fathers, was so called. (1091- 1153.)
River Flowing from the Ocean Inland The stream from the Bay of Tadjoura, on the north-east coast of Africa. It empties itself into Lake Assal.
Rivers Miles in length.
Roach Sound as a roach (French, Sain comme une roche). Sound as a rock.
Road Gentlemen of the road or Knights of the road. Highwaymen. In the latter a double pun is implied.
A first-class highwayman, like Robin Hood, is a Colossus of Roads.
The law of the road is a paradox quite,Road or Roadstead, as Yarmouth Roads, a place where ships can ride at anchor. (French, rader, to anchor in a rade; Anglo-Saxon, rad, a road or place for riding.)
Road-agent A highwayman in the mountain districts of North America.
Road-agent is the name applied in the mountains to a ruffian who has given up honest work in the store, in the mine, in the ranch, for the perils and profits of the highway.- W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, i. 14.Roads All roads lead to Rome. All efforts of thought converge in a common centre.
Roan A reddish-brown. This is the Greek eruthron or eruthraeon; whence the Latin rufum. (The Welsh have rhudd; German, roth; Anglo-Saxon, rud; our ruddy.)
Roarer A broken-winded horse is so called from the noise it makes in breathing.
Roaring Boys or Roarers. The riotous blades of Ben Jonson's time, whose delight it was to annoy
quiet folk. At one time their pranks in London were carried to an alarming extent.
And bid them think on Jones amidst this glee,Roaring Forties (The). What seamen understand by this term is a zone of strong winds about lat. 40S., where a strong wind prevails throughout the year, from W.N.W. to E.S.E. There is a similar zone in the northern hemisphere, but the current of the wind is interrupted by the prevalence of land. The tendency, however, is from W.S.W. to E.N.E.
Roaring Game (The). So the Scotch call the game of curling.
Roaring Trade He drives a roaring trade. He does a great business; his employees are driven till all their wind is gone. Hence fast, quick. (See above.)
Roast To rule the roast. To have the chief direction; to be paramount.
John, Duke of Burgoyne, ruled the rost, and governed both King Charles ... and his whole realme.- Hall: Union (1548).Roasting One To give one a roasting. To banter him, to expose him to sharp words.
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