One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Gangs of youthful roarers - sometimes high-born bucks, sometimes apprentices and lower-class types, all usually drunk - roamed city landscapes illuminated only by hand-held torches and lanterns and moonlight.’
- ‘When the owner came out the next morning to feed, Black Jack, was perkily facing him and waiting for his breakfast but he sounded like a roarer with every breath.’
- ‘I understand he was at least in an amateur, if not semi-professional way, a lion roarer.’
- ‘The boatswain exclaims to the king and his followers that their divinity and rank will not save them from the elements: ‘What care these roarers for the name of King?’’
- ‘They built up whole orchestras of crackers, roarers, bubblers, thunderers and bursters.’
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