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 Roarer.Roaring Forties (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Roaring Boys or Roarers.
The riotous blades of Ben Jonson’s time, whose delight it was to annoy quiet folk. At one time their pranks in London were carried to an alarming extent.   1
“And bid them think on Jones amidst this glee,
In hope to get such roaring boys as he.”
Legend of Captain Jones (1659).

 Roarer.Roaring Forties (The). 


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