from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who wears a gown of rug; hence, a low person.
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His study is not great but continual, and consists much in the sitting up till after midnight in a rug-gown and a night-cap, to the vanquishing perhaps of some six lines; yet what he has, he has perfect, for he reads it so long to understand it, till he gets it without book.
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