a term used in France for an English person

Word Origin for rosbif

from French, from English roast beef, considered as being typically English
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Examples from the Web for rosbif

Historical Examples of rosbif

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

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  • "Rosbif," said the waiter genially, manifesting himself suddenly beside them as if he had popped up out of a trap.

  • Pour dire vrai, however, the rosbif of England is hardly more scientific than the sun-dried meat of the Tartars.

  • Both Mrs. Burton and I want a medicine of rest and roast beef as opposed to rosbif.

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

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    James B. Connolly