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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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(Rabiller,) Rab(b)ler, n. [e.m.E. (1634).] One who ‘rabbles’ in the sense of Rabill v.; ? one who takes part in the activity of a mob. — 1693 Sage Fundam. Chart. Presb. Pref. k 4.
It may be made another [question] whither our author, here, gave up all the rabblers to a reprobate sense? 1693 Apol. Clergy Scotl. 5.
Such of the Presbyterians as … directed the methods that the rabblers were to take 1697 Fountainhall Decis. I 760.
He had there publickly called him a rabler and a robber. … The calling one a rabler is of late but repute a sport
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