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rough–and–tumble

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noun rough–and–tum·ble \-ˈtəm-bəl\

Definition of rough–and–tumble

  1. :  rough disorderly unrestrained fighting or struggling; also :  infighting

First Known Use of rough–and–tumble

1810


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rough–and–tumble

adjective rough–and–tum·ble

Definition of rough–and–tumble

  1. 1 :  marked by rough-and-tumble grew up in a rough–and–tumble atmosphere — E. J. Kahn; also :  rough-and-ready

  2. 2 :  put together haphazardly :  makeshift a rough–and–tumble fence

First Known Use of rough–and–tumble

1818


ROUGH–AND–TUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

rough-and-tumble

adjective

Definition of rough–and–tumble for English Language Learners

  • : disorderly, loud, and rough

  • : very competitive and aggressive


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