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Examples of roustabout in a Sentence
sought work as a roustabout on the city's seedy waterfront
Recent Examples of roustabout from the Web
Other opportunities include administrative and executive assistants, accountants, truck drivers, crane operators, cyber security professionals, traditional floor hands and roustabouts, said Head.
The Showmen's League Of America commemorates the 1918 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train disaster which killed 86 circus performers and roustabouts and injured 127, at Showman's Rest in Wood Lawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Ill., on Thursday, May 5, 2018.
The legacy: Doc Laborde started as a roustabout on an oil rig.
As the afternoon grew warmer, the roustabouts (how often does one get to use that word?) raised the lower edges of the tents to let in some air.
The suspension, even with its rear torsion-beam setup, dips a shoulder to bite cleanly into corners and roustabout fun.
Where: Roustabouts Theatre at Diversionary, 4545 Park Blvd.
Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), the dashing hero of Alex Kurtzman’s preposterous extravaganza The Mummy, is a virile fortune hunter, the kind of roustabout who shoots first, asks questions later, and always gets the girl.
Well-paying jobs in oil and gas — drilling wells, managing roustabouts — are fast disappearing, as production in the state declines because of a slump in energy prices.
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Did You Know?
Circus roustabouts are most commonly associated with circus animals, of course, but they also have a connection with game birds, at least in terms of etymology. "Roustabout" comes from "roust," which is an alteration of "rouse," a verb from Middle English that originally meant "to shake the feathers" (as in the way a bird might ruffle its feathers or shake its plumage when it is settling down or grooming itself). "Rouse," which today is a synonym of "awaken," also formerly meant "to cause to break from cover," a sense that may have influenced the modern meaning of "roust": "to drive (as from bed) roughly or unceremoniously."
ROUSTABOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of roustabout for English Language Learners
: a worker in an oil field, at a circus, etc., whose job requires strength but little skill
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