from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Rob Roy Originally Robert MacGregor. 1671-1734. Scottish clan leader and outlaw whose banditry is the subject of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy (1817).

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  • n. Scottish clan leader and outlaw who was the subject of a 1817 novel by Sir Walter Scott (1671-1734)
  • n. a manhattan cocktail made with Scotch whiskey


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  • But now as to myself; for you will grumble at a sheet of speculation sent so far: I am here still, as Rob Roy was on Glasgow Bridge, biding tryste; busy extremely, with work that will not profit me at all in some senses; suffering rather in health and nerves; and still with nothing like dawn on any quarter of my horizon.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • Page 44 coming unintelligibly to Storisende, and witnessing there the long combat between Sir Guiron des Rocques and Maugis d'Aigremont for possession of La Beale Alison -- as Kennaston's heroine is called of course in the printed book -- seems to us in reading the tale no very striking figure; as in Rob Roy and Esmond, it is not to the narrator, but to the people and events he tells of, that attention is riveted.

    The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasions


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