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/ˌrəʊsˈbiːf; French rɔsbif/
a term used in France for an English person
Word Origin
from French, from English roast beef, considered as being typically English
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  • "rosbif," said the waiter genially, manifesting himself suddenly beside them as if he had popped up out of a trap.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • Hardly had they taken their places when Napoleon began to quiz Betsy on the fondness of the English for "rosbif and plum pudding."

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor Helen Leah Reed
  • Both Mrs. Burton and I want a medicine of rest and roast beef as opposed to rosbif.

  • Potato salad was next in demand and cooked tongue and rosbif disappeared rapidly.

  • English tobacco, English rosbif—they advertised these in quaintly worded signs.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • Pour dire vrai, however, the rosbif of England is hardly more scientific than the sun-dried meat of the Tartars.

  • The vulgar French think that the English term for all sorts of roasted meat is rosbif—thus rosbif de mouton—rosbif de porc.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie

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