rough in

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Verb1.rough in - prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
prepare - to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery; "prepare a report"; "prepare a speech"
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1. Having a surface that is not smooth:
2. Consisting of or covered with large particles:
3. Violently disturbed or agitated, as by storms:
4. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
5. Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort:
6. Hard to deal with or get out of:
Informal: sticky.
8. Marked by vigorous physical exertion:
9. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing:
10. In a primitive state; not domesticated or cultivated; produced by nature:
11. Not perfected, elaborated, or completed:
12. Lacking expert, careful craftsmanship:
To be rough or brutal with.Also used with up:
Slang: mess up.
phrasal verb
rough in or out
To draw up a preliminary plan or version of:
phrasal verb
rough up
To injure or damage, as by abuse or heavy wear:
batter, knock about (or around), mangle, maul.
A preliminary plan or version, as of a written work:
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The rough ins and outs of the text was that in 20 minutes time her husband was due to deliver a calf and he wanted a hand.