Hey-rube meaning

A call to rally circus members in a fight.
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A fight between members of a circus and the general public.
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(by extension) Any fight or conflict, especially a rowdy and informal one.
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Origin of hey-rube

  • Used since approximately 1935; from a shortening of the given name Reuben. It originated as a cry used by circus workers, possibly because of the connotations of the name Reuben as belonging to someone living in the rural USA.
    From Wiktionary