Such satire stings and routs by virtue of the moral force behind it: it is the whip of small cords plied by the man with a soul.
First came the routs and the balls; then, when he had been presented to the husbands, came the dinners.
It chases the whirligig beetles and water-gnats on the surface, or routs at the bottom for caddisworms and other larv.
He learned in boyhood, and danced at "balls and routs" until he was sixty-four.
His sister, Isis, accords to him due funeral rites after his death and routs his foes.
True, I shall miss the routs, the life at court, the plays and the gaming.
When she was a young and pretty little bride, dinner parties and routs, as is usual on such occasions, were given in her honour.
And none of her other routs from the family enemy had been quite like this one.
He was not unprovided, but drawing routs him, and subdues his Kingdom.
Go to all the routs and parties to which you are asked, and to more still.
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.