Cheer on, give moral support to, as in The fans were out rooting for their team, or I've been rooting for you to get that promotion. This expression may come from the British verb rout, which is used of cattle and means “bellow.” [Late 1800s]
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
Last summer, I spoke with first black supermodel Beverly Johnson about this for The Root.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.
He is what the bill wishes to make for us, a regular root doctor, and will suit the place exactly.
But at the root of the unnatural miracles is the natural miracle—the heart of man.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
You see, I stuck to him like a log to a root, but for the first week or so 'twant no use—not a bit.
The same two impulses are said to lie at the root of the elaborate art of personal adornment developed by savages.Children's Ways|James Sully
The result of this stock-taking shows that eleven volumes were unaccounted-for, a list of which is appended.Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year 1924-25|General Assembly Library (New Zealand)