(A). A contraction of carousal. a drinking bout.
(Swedish, rus; Norwegian, ruus, drunkenness; Dutch, roes, a bumper.) Rouse (1 syl.).
“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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