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nounNorthern English, Scottish
verb[WITH OBJECT]Northern English, Scottish
Sell (something) by auction.‘his effects were rouped’
Middle English (in the sense roar, croak): of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse raupa boast, brag.
An infectious disease of poultry affecting the respiratory tract.
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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