roust out

roust out

1. To cause someone to come out of slumber or some state of unconsciousness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "roust" and "out." The sound of the cockerel in the yard rousted me out of my sleep. These smelling salts should roust the poor man out of this fainting fit.
2. To drive or force someone or an animal out of or away from some place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "roust" and "out." We'd been studying so long in the library that a security guard eventually came to roust us out. I used a long pole to roust out the family of skunks that had taken up residence beneath my porch.
See also: out, roust
References in classic literature ?
And in my book-walled den, the mausoleum of the thoughts of men, I take my drink, and other drinks, and roust out the sleeping dogs from the recesses of my brain and hallo them on over the walls of prejudice and law and through all the cunning labyrinths of superstition and belief.
Trommel screens--which separate primarily by size--were deployed initially in some MRFs (and are still used in some facilities) to roust out broken glass.