Sober or drunk: It looks like the day after the election, the headlines will be Republican rout, Democrat ruination.
He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban.
Obviously, if Obama were to end up carrying those four states, the election would be basically a rout.
The Chinese public had waited so long for their Ping-Pong Spring that they bellowed constant approval of the rout.
It looks like the day after the election, the headlines will be Republican rout, Democrat ruination.
The rout, which began on the right of the army, soon became general.
After a silence, Jack asked him whether it was a rout or a retreat.
Cambyses put the Egyptian army to rout in a great battle, and conquered the country, making Psammenitus prisoner.
In the rout, he apparently managed to crawl on to a steamer full of wounded.
(said Mrs. Thrale) the Bishop of —— is never minded at a rout.'
1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).
The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.
"drive into disordered flight by defeat," c.1600, from rout (n.). Related: Routed; routing.