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Rookʹery (3 syl.)

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Any low neighbourhood frequented by thieves and vagabonds. A person fleeced or liable to be fleeced is a pigeon, but those who prey upon these “gulls” are called rooks.

“The demolition of rookeries has not proved an efficient remedy for overcrowding.”—A. Egmont Hake: Free Trade in Capital, chap. xv.

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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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Ronald
Roncesvalles
Rondo
Rone
Ronyon or Ronion
Rood Lane (London)
Rood-loft (The)
Roodselken
Rook (A)
Rook’s Hill (Lavant, Chichester)
Rookery
Rooky Wood (The)
Room
Roost
Roost
Rope
Rope
Rope
Rope-dancer (The)
Rope-dancers
Rope-walk [barristers slang]

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