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- n. Same as randan.
“On the ran-tan, on the razzle, on a batter, on a skite.”
“Two men can't go on a complimentary ran-tan at the same table.”
“He gav a ran-tan at th 'back dur, wi' his whip-hondle; and when th 'little lass coom with a candle, he said,' Aw've getten a weshin'-machine for yo. ”
“Prairial, 20th of May 1795, sound of the generale once more; beating sharp, ran-tan, To arms, To arms!”
“Maillard, of his own motion, for Gouvion or the rest would not even sanction him, -- snatches a drum; descends the Porch-stairs, ran-tan, beating sharp, with loud rolls, his Rogues'-march: To Versailles!”
“Maillard, beating rhythmic, with sharp ran-tan, all along the Quais, leads forward, with difficulty his Menadic host.”
“Still more awkward was the accident which happened in consequence of clumsy Betty's haste to open the front door to a lofty footman's ran-tan, which caused her to set down the basket containing the dirty plates right in his mistress's way, as she stepped gingerly through the comparative darkness of the hall; and then the young men, leaving the dining-room quietly enough, but bursting with long-repressed giggle, or no longer restraining their tendency to practical joking, no matter who might be in the passage when they made their exit.”
““The General’s on the ran-tan,” somebody called, and the phrase was taken up till Mr. Mack heard it on every mouth in every tone and minor variation.”
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