(4 syl.). Certain Welsh rioters in 1843, whose object was to demolish turnpike gates. The name was taken from Rabekah, the bride of Isaac. When she left her father's house, Laban and his family “blessed her,” and said, “Let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them” (Gen. xxiv. 60).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894