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Definition an overwhelming defeat; or a disorderly retreat
  • We routed the other team.
routed = defeated in an overwhelming manner
  • The military force was routed, but regrouped in the high mountains.
  • routed = beaten so badly they retreated in a disorderly manner
  • By noon or shortly thereafter the rout was over, the day lost for the Americans.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • rout = an overwhelming defeat
  • His fleet was burned, his army routed.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • routed = defeated in an overwhelming manner
  • The switch house is padlocked, but a padlock is only as strong as the door it's on—and this door had been routed by termites.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • routed = overwhelmingly defeated
  • Running in what was celebrated as the best field of high school milers in history, Louie routed them all and smoked the mile in 4:21.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • routed = overwhelmingly defeated
  • After consulting a tree to ascertain from its lichen which way was south, and taking no lip from the subordinates who ventured to correct him, Colonel Maycomb set out on a purposeful journey to rout the enemy and entangled his troops so far northwest in the forest primeval that they were eventually rescued by settlers moving inland.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • rout = overwhelming defeat
  • The lords of the Trident have been put to rout.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • rout = a disorderly retreat
  • Michael is said to have routed armies.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • routed = defeated in an overwhelming manner
  • It was a complete rout.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • rout = an overwhelming defeat
  • But they, if they meet and defeat a part of our army, are as proud as if they had routed us all, and when defeated they pretend to have been vanquished by us all.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles's Funeral Oration
  • routed = defeated in an overwhelming manner
  • They understand nothing about warfare, they simply go on and let themselves be shot down. A single flyer routed two companies of them for a joke, just as they came fresh from the train—before they had ever heard of such a thing as cover.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • routed = sent running (in disorderly retreat)
  • Like many of the other houses in Deering Highlands, the property has been boarded up and fenced off ever since the great rout that emptied the area, but Alex shows us a way to sneak in through a loosened plank covering one of the first-floor windows.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • rout = overwhelming defeat
  • Her son had won two great victories, smashing Jaime Lannister in the Whispering Wood and routing his leaderless host outside the walls of Riverrun in the Battle of the Camps, but from the way some of his bannermen spoke of him, he might have been Aegon the Conqueror reborn.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • routing = defeating in an overwhelming manner
  • Fragments of triumphant phrases pushed themselves through the din: 'Vast strategic maneuver — perfect co-ordination — utter rout — half a million prisoners — complete demoralization — control of the whole of Africa — bring the war within measurable distance of its end victory — greatest victory in human history — victory, victory, victory!'
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • rout = defeat of the enemy
  • "Uh, thanks," said Colin, and Mr. Lyford ran off into the distance, weaving through the forest in search of more, fresher routings.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The routings are convoluted to the point of being untraceable.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • And probably—certainly—ways to avoid betrayal while speeding up routings.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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