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rout out

To force someone out of or away from some place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rout" and "out." The police commissioner directed the SWAT team to rout out the protestors from their encampment outside city hall. Our soldiers have finally managed to rout the enemy out.
See also: out, rout

rout out of some place

To force someone out of or away from some place or thing. The police commissioner directed the SWAT team to rout the protestors out of their encampment outside city hall. Our soldiers have finally managed to rout the enemy out the occupied city.
See also: of, out, place, rout

rout someone or something out of some place

 and rout someone or something out
to remove someone or something from some place by force. The soldiers routed the snipers out of the deserted buildings. They routed out the snipers.
See also: of, out, place, rout
References in classic literature ?
Rout," stuttered the young man, very red in the face, "I must say .
But the Achaeans did not lose it long, for Ajax, foremost of all the Danaans after the son of Peleus alike in stature and prowess, quickly rallied them and made towards the front like a wild boar upon the mountains when he stands at bay in the forest glades and routs the hounds and lusty youths that have attacked him--even so did Ajax son of Telamon passing easily in among the phalanxes of the Trojans, disperse those who had bestridden Patroclus and were most bent on winning glory by dragging him off to their city.
It was sailing by dead reckoning to them, and they saw not clearly how to make their port so; therefore I suppose they still take life bravely, after their fashion, face to face, giving it tooth and nail, not having skill to split its massive columns with any fine entering wedge, and rout it in detail; -- thinking to deal with it roughly, as one should handle a thistle.
I had but to make the sign of the cross, sprinkle some holy water upon them, and call them by their sweet secret names, and the whole rout had been off to the woods, with mad gambol and song, before the eyes of the astonished farmer.
Eos then obtains of Zeus and bestows upon her son immortality; but Achilles routs the Trojans, and, rushing into the city with them, is killed by Paris and Apollo.