(2 syl.). Mr. Gifford says the Danes called their large
drinking cup a rouse, and to rouse is to drink from a rouse;
ca-rouse is gar-rouse, to drink all up, or to drink all —i.e.
“The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse.”Shakespeare:
Hamlet, i. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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