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1rough–and–tumble

noun rough–and–tum·ble \-ˈtəm-bəl\

Definition of ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE

:  rough disorderly unrestrained fighting or struggling; also :  infighting

First Known Use of ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE

1792

2rough–and–tumble

adjective

: disorderly, loud, and rough

: very competitive and aggressive

Full Definition of ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE

1
:  marked by rough-and-tumble <grew up in a rough–and–tumble atmosphere — E. J. Kahn>; also :  rough-and-ready
2
:  put together haphazardly :  makeshift <a rough–and–tumble fence>

First Known Use of ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE

1832

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