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Roast

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To rule the roast. To have the chief direction; to be paramount.

⁂ It is usually thought that “roast” in this phrase means roost, and that the reference is to a cock who decides which hen is to roost nearest to him; but the subjoined quotation favours the idea of “council.”

John, Duke of Burgoyne, ruled the rost, and governed both King Charles … and his whole realme.”—Hall: Union (1548).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Roan Barbary
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Roaring Boys or Roarers
Roaring Forties (The)
Roaring Game (The)
Roaring Trade
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