- n. Plural form of ruffian.
“Suppose an epidemic of garroting breaks out in the city of Philadelphia, as it did in the city of London a very few years ago; to tell me that I am to walk the streets of this city at night without any protection whatever from ruffians, is to state something to which I will never agree.”
“So-called ruffians or camp followers of the crusaders managed to breach the town walls.”
“The approaching sounds called the ruffians from the other part of the chamber.”
“Reads "ruffians" in the Cleave edition (London, 1835). close window”
“The four-by-four "ruffians" who insist on driving their vehicles across beaches, destroying fragile ecosystems in the process, have no place in South Africa, according to Environment Minister Valli”
“At one stage, Mr Mandela stopped his address to remonstrate with some "ruffians" and at another point he complained about the rough manner in which marshals handled the crowd.”
“You have told us we have no right to usurp Kansas, - no right to murder "Free State men," and no right to sustain there, a set of "ruffians" to make Kansas a slave State.”
“Expressing his indignation, he asked that the "ruffians" be taken into custody, and one of those who had hissed was arrested, but, on penitently expressing his regret, he was discharged.”
“Henceforth he resolves never again to meet the advances of those civilized "ruffians" who affect to be sociable.”
“While appealing to doctors in Rajasthan to call off their strike, the minister said medicos could not behave like "ruffians".”
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