rough-hew

verb
\ ˈrəf-ˈhyü How to pronounce rough-hew (audio) \
rough-hewed; rough-hewn\ ˈrəf-​ˈhyün How to pronounce rough-hew (audio) \; rough-hewing

Definition of rough-hew

transitive verb

1 : to hew (something, such as timber) coarsely without smoothing or finishing
2 : to form crudely

First Known Use of rough-hew

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rough-hew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-hew. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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