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 for To put to rout
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rout \Rout\, n. [OF. route, LL. rupta, properly, a breaking, fr.
     L. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break. See Rupture, reave,
     and cf. Rote repetition of forms, Route. In some senses
     this word has been confused with rout a bellowing, an
     uproar.] [Formerly spelled also route.]
     1. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a
        traveling company or throng. [Obs.] "A route of ratones
        [rats]." --Piers Plowman. "A great solemn route."
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              And ever he rode the hinderest of the route.
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              A rout of people there assembled were. --Spenser.
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     2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the
        rabble; the herd of common people.
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              the endless routs of wretched thralls. --Spenser.
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              The ringleader and head of all this rout. --Shak.
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              Nor do I name of men the common rout. --Milton.
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     3. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion;
        -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces,
        and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of
        defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the
        enemy was complete.
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              thy army . . .
              Dispersed in rout, betook them all to fly. --Daniel.
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              To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those.
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     4. (Law) A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled
        together with intent to do a thing which, if executed,
        would make them rioters, and actually making a motion
        toward the executing thereof. --Wharton.
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     5. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party. "At routs
        and dances." --Landor.
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     To put to rout, to defeat and throw into confusion; to
        overthrow and put to flight.
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