: crude in nature, method, or manner but effective in action or use
a rough-and-ready solution

Examples of rough-and-ready in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Singer’s book documents, Siskel and Ebert’s frequent riffs about their show amount to a rough-and-ready touchstone—even a questionnaire—for critics of all stripes to ponder. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Iteration is crucial in video-game design Typically a video-game project starts with the team throwing together a few rough-and-ready first drafts to make sure the concept works. IEEE Spectrum, 26 June 2023 They're all looked after by their gruff, rough-and-ready sometimes-mama, Raleigh (Laurie Metcalf). Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 2 June 2023 Prototypes from any company are often very rough-and-ready at the beginning. David Phelan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Equity-market strategists who answer this question for a living develop rough-and-ready answers by simplifying it. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rough-and-ready was in 1730

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“Rough-and-ready.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-and-ready. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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