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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A casual or unskilled laborer, especially on an oil rig.
ETYMOLOGY:From roust, perhaps an alteration of rouse (to shake feathers, as of a hawk).
USAGE:"But Smith has made it, for 18 years, starting as a roustabout in Long Beach and working his way up to lead operator overseeing the daily workings of Platform B off Santa Barbara's coast."
Zeke Barlow; Platform Workers At Peace With Long Hours, Workweek; Ventura County Star (California); Feb 1, 2009.
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