from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as randan.


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  • On the ran-tan, on the razzle, on a batter, on a skite.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Two men can't go on a complimentary ran-tan at the same table.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

  • 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. '

    Th' Barrel Organ

  • Prairial, 20th of May 1795, sound of the generale once more; beating sharp, ran-tan, To arms, To arms!

    The French Revolution

  • 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!

    The French Revolution

  • Maillard, beating rhythmic, with sharp ran-tan, all along the Quais, leads forward, with difficulty his Menadic host.

    The French Revolution

  • 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.

    Wives and Daughters

  • “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.

    At Swim, Two Boys

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