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rout

a group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act.

ROUT, crim. law. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with an intention to do a thing, which, if executed, would have made them rioters, and actually making a motion towards the execution of their purpose.
     2. It generally agrees in all particulars with a riot, except only in this, that it may be a complete offence without the execution of the intended enterprise. Hawk. c. 65, s. 14; 1 Russ. on Cr. 253; 4 Bl. Com. 140; Vin. Abr. Riots, &c., A 2 Com. Dig. Forcible Entry, D 9.

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But once in the stream he seemed to lose volition, to become a part of that dusty rout.
Now, you jest sit here an' don't move, while I go rout out th' relief.
When the priest had spoken, therefore, a riotous uproar burst from the rout of monstrous figures.
In the Wind River valley, which lies east of the mountains, they were encountered by a powerful war party of that tribe, and completely put to rout.