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Chiefly in:   rebel rouser

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • When he got home from the army, he was a bit of a rebel rouser type, from what I understand. (Alleghany News Online, Oct. 17, 2002)
  • He was portrayed as a political dissenter and a rebel rouser. (Middlebury Campus, Nov. 7, 2001)
  • If you get pegged as a rebel-rouser, eventually you’ll be shoved out. (Juilliard Journal Online, Feb. 2005)

Analyzed or reported by:

Popularized by Duane Eddy’s 1958 hit, “Rebel-Rouser.”

See also _rubble-rouser_.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/16 |


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    Commentary by Aine , 2006/09/22 at 10:52 pm

    I heard “rebel-rouser” on an “E True Hollywood Story” today. The show talked about how a certain starlet was attracted to her boyfriend because “he’s a real rebel-rouser.”

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