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rough-and-tumble

noun rough-and-tum·ble \ ˌrə-fən-ˈtəm-bəl \

Definition of rough-and-tumble

: rough disorderly unrestrained fighting or struggling; also : infighting

First Known Use of rough-and-tumble

1810

in the meaning defined above

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rough-and-tumble

adjective

Definition of rough-and-tumble

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

First Known Use of rough-and-tumble

1818

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

rough-and-tumble

Definition of rough-and-tumble for English Language Learners

  • : disorderly, loud, and rough

  • : very competitive and aggressive


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