take the rough with the smooth

Definition of take the rough with the smooth

chiefly British
: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

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

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

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

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

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

  3. : having a broken, uneven, or bumpy surface

  1. : roughly

  2. : without usual conveniences

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

  2. : the rugged or disagreeable side or aspect

  3. : something in a crude, unfinished, or preliminary state

  1. : roughen

  2. : to subject to abuse : manhandle, beat

  3. : to subject to unnecessary and intentional violence in a sport

smooth play
  1. : having a continuous even surface

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

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

  1. : to make smooth

  2. : to free from what is harsh or disagreeable : polish

  3. : soothe

  1. : a smooth part

  2. : the act of smoothing

  3. : a smoothing implement


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