Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A call to rally circus members in a fight.
  • n. A fight between members of a circus and the general public.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The term originated in the 19th century when circuses were rowdy affairs and Hey Rube was the rallying cry to call all circus people to help in a fight with townspeople. It's not clear whether Rube in this term was someone specific or simply a use of the informal term rube (shortened form of Reuben) for an unsophisticated person from a rural area.

Examples

    Sorry, no example sentences found.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.