rough in

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rough 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.

Word by Word Definitions

rough play
  1. : marked by inequalities, ridges, or projections on the surface : coarse

  2. : covered with or made up of coarse and often shaggy hair — compare smooth, wirehaired

  3. : having a broken, uneven, or bumpy surface

  1. : roughly

  2. : without usual conveniences

  1. : uneven ground covered with high grass, brush, and stones

  2. : the rugged or disagreeable side or aspect

  3. : something in a crude, unfinished, or preliminary state

  1. : roughen

  2. : to subject to abuse : manhandle, beat

  3. : to subject to unnecessary and intentional violence in a sport


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