rough-and-ready

adjective
\ ˌrə-fən-ˈre-dē How to pronounce rough-and-ready (audio) \

Definition of rough-and-ready

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

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1730, in the meaning defined above

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rough-and-ready

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rough-and-ready

: not complete but good enough to be used
: not having polite manners or fancy skills but ready and able to do what needs to be done

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