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1roughneck

noun rough·neck \ˈrəf-ˌnek\

: someone who behaves in a rough, rude, or aggressive way

: someone who works on an oil rig or at an oil well

Full Definition of ROUGHNECK

1
a :  a rough or uncouth person
b :  rowdy, tough
2
:  a worker of an oil-well-drilling crew other than the driller

Examples of ROUGHNECK

  1. a town overrun by roughnecks
  2. <a group of roughnecks like to hang out at the roadhouse and harass people>

First Known Use of ROUGHNECK

1836

2roughneck

adjective

Definition of ROUGHNECK

:  having the characteristics of or suitable for a roughneck

Examples of ROUGHNECK

  1. <their roughneck antics were amusing only if you were as drunk as they were>

First Known Use of ROUGHNECK

1916
ROUGHNECK Defined for Kids

roughneck

noun rough·neck \ˈrəf-ˌnek\

Definition of ROUGHNECK for Kids

:  a rough aggressive person

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