rough-and-tumble

noun
rough-and-tum·​ble | \ ˌrə-fən-ˈtəm-bəl How to pronounce rough-and-tumble (audio) \

Definition of rough-and-tumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: rough disorderly unrestrained fighting or struggling also : infighting

rough-and-tumble

adjective

Definition of rough-and-tumble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marked by rough-and-tumble grew up in a rough-and-tumble atmosphere— E. J. Kahn also : rough-and-ready
2 : put together haphazardly : makeshift a rough-and-tumble fence

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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First Known Use of rough-and-tumble

Noun

1810, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rough-and-tumble was in 1810

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rough-and-ready

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“Rough-and-tumble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-and-tumble. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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rough-and-tumble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rough-and-tumble

: disorderly, loud, and rough
: very competitive and aggressive

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