Ruffianism


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Ruffianism

Brown shirts
(S.A.) Nazi militia who terrorized citizens. [Germ. Hist.: WB, H:238]
droogs
Alex’s rough and tough band of hooligans. [Br. Lit.: A Clockwork Orange]
Hawkubites
London toughs; terrorized old men, women, and children (1711-1714). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 406]
Jackmen
medieval para-military thugs. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 463]
Jets and Sharks
hostile street gangs. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: West Side Story]
Mohocks
bullies terrorizing London streets in 18th century. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 720]
Scowerers
London hooligans, at turn of the 18th century. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 972]
Tityre Tus
young bullies in late 17th-century London. [Br. Hist: Brewer Dictionary, 1087]
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To Glasgow's disadvantage, such remarks about "ruffianism" fueled her anti-modern apologists, many of whom, ironically, "denounc[ed] modern life in the name of values that modernity itself ha[d] created" (Berman, p.
The compadritos performed ruffianism either as low-class picaresque characters placed in the tenement houses or dressed in tail coats, drinking champagne, in a cabaret.
Stars in heaven, there wasn't any ruffianism that sergeant wasn't up to.
This chilling evangelical work describes Derby Day as ``a seething mass of ruffianism, in a stifling atmosphere, polluted by the smell of ale and the reeking breath of tipsy people'' - which goes to show that some things on Derby Day just don't change.
Some years before the war, baseball began to enjoy a renewal of interest after the arrival of the American League and a general cleaning-up of the game's image after the labor wars and ruffianism of the 1890s.
Sears, for instance, warned his reader in the following terms: "Let him remember that the power which possesses the government with the spirit of ruffianism is the same that spreads ruffianism through the streets, the coffee-houses, the halls of legislation, and lets it run loose in the territories, drunk with whiskey and blood." Revolution or Reform: A Discourse Occasioned by the Present Crisis (Boston: Crosby, Nichols & Company, 1856), 16.
100 YEARS AGO: Another serious outbreak of ruffianism occurred in the city on Saturday night as a result of which Police Constable Leach was badly injured after being brutally attacked by a gang of roughs in Great Lister Street.
This organised ruffianism made it hard to deal with.