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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The last two clauses of these articles of faith appealed to the ruffians so strongly that they would have subscribed to anything, even daily mass, and a bath, had that been necessary to admit them to the service of Norman of Torn.
As they were seated in the priest's hut one afternoon a rough knock fell upon the door which was immediately pushed open to admit as disreputable a band of ruffians as ever polluted the sight of man.
Of the fate of Carruthers, I have no record, but I am sure that his assault was not viewed very gravely by the court, since Woodley had the reputation of being a most dangerous ruffian, and I think that a few, months were sufficient to satisfy the demands of justice.
The Ruffian on the Stair is a story of family secrets, but not just one family.
With no food or money and only their wits to protect them, Prosper and Bo are glad to meet 15-year-old ruffian Scipio (Weeks) - aka the Thief Lord - who steals to buy food and clothing.
Dean isn't a Trainspotting style ruffian, but a dolphin, part of the therapy being used by the depressed Gwyn to sort himself out.
Dylan Thomas was once called "an insolent ruffian" and a "crapulous lout" by fellow bard Norman Cameron.
That love affair intensified when Lonergan's Quail Hollow won the International last month and now he has litter-brother Town Ruffian representing him in this final.
IT'S only rock 'n' roll - but that doesn't mean that you have to look like a ruffian!
Michael has worked with John Byrne and Liz Lochhead and has written and recorded soundtrack music, notably being musical director for the acclaimed BBC production of John Byrne's Your Cheatin' Heart and David Kane's Ruffian Hearts starring Peter Mullan.
Two cars epitomised the 80s - one the Porsche 911, the other the ruffian's Ford.
I would like to point out to him and his golfing pals, that Phil Price the international golfer is a Valleys boy, is he a ruffian?