rough in

phrasal verb

roughed in; roughing in; roughs in
: to make a rough or unfinished version of (something, such as a design) as the first step in creating the finished version
Rough in the lettering on your poster.
He roughed in the frame of the new door.

Examples of rough in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nashville has looked rough in recent weeks, losing four in a row. Kyle Foley, Orlando Sentinel, 16 July 2024 The neighborhood was rough in the 1960s, said Charlotte Peoples, 64, whose family moved to the area from Marlin. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Mar. 2024 In fact, since his first full season in 2017-18, Eriksson Ek has never received a 5-minute penalty for fighting, and has received one game misconduct — for roughing in a 5-2 victory Oct. 17 at Montreal. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Things are also rough in the countries where axis forces hold sway: Syria is split up, Lebanon is bankrupt, Iraq faces its own domestic crises, and Yemen is desperately poor. Arash Azizi, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2024 South African-British outfit De Beers followed suit soon after, suspending all online auctions for rough in October. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 Keep in mind the terrain can be rough in New Zealand, and there are a lot of mountains, so opt for a car with a bit of power. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 For instance, oily skin will have a shiny and greasy appearance, while combination skin will appear dry or rough in some areas and oily in others. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 12 June 2023 Implementation of the policy changes have been rough in other ways. James Vaznis,, 8 June 2023

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“Rough in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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