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used in 1984 by Orwell

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an overwhelming defeat; or a disorderly retreat
  • 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!'
    p. 297.1
rout = defeat of the enemy
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