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Rule the roast

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rule the roast to domineer
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. róstian; cog. with Dut. roosten, Ger. rösten; or O. Fr. rostir (Fr. rôtir)—Old High Ger. rōstan; or Celt., as Gael. rost, W. rhostio, Bret. rosta, all meaning to roast.

Usage

In literature:

She had a share of brains and spoke with a cutting emphasis, like one who ruled the roast.
"Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes" by Robert Louis Stevenson
At your time of life, it's love that rules the roast: at mine, it's solid, serviceable gold.
"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte
Than he, no better rules the roast between here and the salt sea.
"The Sea-Witch" by Maturin Murray
In the kitchen he will domineer and rule the roast in spite of his master, and curses in the very dialect of his calling.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
A few years ago, Mrs. Glasse ruled the roast of cookery, and not a stew was made without consulting her invaluable book.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, Issue 371, May 23, 1829" by Various
Have we not all known Harlequin, who rules the roast, and has the pretty Columbine to himself?
"Christmas" by Various
She had a share of brains, and spoke with a cutting emphasis, like one who ruled the roast.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We all have our calf-loves and bits of maidenly fancies, but who ever thought they were to rule the roast?
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
In such surroundings, Mr. Pickwick could "rule the roast" and grow despotic and even arrogant.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
By principles of cooking I mean the simple rules by which roasting, boiling, stewing, etc., are successfully accomplished.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
In America, now they should rule the roast.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The present airs are "God save the Queen," "The Roast Beef of Old England," "Rule Britannia," and the 104th Psalm.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The campaigner ruled the roast in spite of all; and showed not the slightest desire to conceal her dislike for Lizzie.
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
She seems to rule the roast in the United States.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
And she to rule the roast for master and me!
"Quisisana" by Friedrich Spielhagen
The strongest always rule the roast.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, August 26th 1893" by Various
The eighth book lays down the rules for the work of roasting, crushing, and washing the ore.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
Mrs. Nash was ruling the roast at Caromel's Farm, being unquestionably both mistress and master.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

His int'rest the most servile part he deems;
Yet much he sways, where much to serve he seems;
He sways his patron, rules the Lady most,
And, as he rules the Lady, rules the roast.
"The Progress Of A Divine: Satire" by Richard Savage