rough out

phrasal verb

roughed out; roughing out; roughs out
: to make (something, such as a drawing or a list) quickly and without including all the details
We'll rough out a general plan.

Examples of rough out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the summer of 1942, Oppenheimer organized a series of secret seminars at Berkeley, where the United States’ top physicists roughed out the outlines of a possible bomb. Andy Kifer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 July 2023

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“Rough out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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