take the rough with the smooth

Definition of take the rough with the smooth

chiefly British

  1. :  to accept and deal with the bad or unpleasant things that happen in addition to the good or pleasant things In this business, you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

roughplay
  1. :  marked by inequalities, ridges, or projections on the surface :  coarse

    :  covered with or made up of coarse and often shaggy hair — compare smooth, wirehaired

    :  having a broken, uneven, or bumpy surface

  1. :  roughly

    :  without usual conveniences

    :  without proper shelter

  1. :  uneven ground covered with high grass, brush, and stones

    :  such ground bordering a golf fairway

    :  the rugged or disagreeable side or aspect

  1. :  roughen

    :  to subject to abuse :  manhandle, beat

    :  to subject to unnecessary and intentional violence in a sport

smoothplay
  1. :  having a continuous even surface

    :  being the representation of a function with a continuous first derivative

    :  having or being a short even coat of hair — compare rough, wirehaired

  1. :  to make smooth

    :  to free from what is harsh or disagreeable :  polish

    :  soothe

  1. :  a smooth part

    :  the act of smoothing

    :  a smoothing implement


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