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hey rube

(used as a call to rally circus or carnival personnel in a fight, especially in a fight with townspeople).
a fight between townspeople and the members of a circus or carnival.
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First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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hey Rube

noun phrase

The traditional warning and rallying cry of circus and carnival people, used esp when they are attacked by righteously indignant citizens

[1935+ Carnival; fr hay-rube, ''hayseed, rube, rustic,'' found by 1908]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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