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1. To bring one back to consciousness or alertness out of some state of unconsciousness. I find that I need two separate alarms to roust me from sleep in the morning. No amount of noise could roust him out of his stupor.
2. To drive or force someone out of or away from some place or thing. We'd been studying so long that a security guard eventually came to roust us from the library. The government began deploying tear gas to roust protestors out of the camp. I sent Mike upstairs to roust his older brother out of bed.
3. To harass, confront, or accost someone. The police have rousted Jim several times already in their attempt to pin the crime on him. The mob boss has been sending armed thugs around to roust local business owners, trying to scare them into paying protection money.
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mod. arrested. (Underworld.) The cops rousted the dealers, but that didn’t even slow down the drug trade.
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