rough-and-tumble


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rough-and-tum·ble

(rŭf′ən-tŭm′bəl)
adj.
Characterized by roughness and disregard for order or rules: rough-and-tumble politics.
n.
A condition marked by rough disorderly struggle; infighting: the rough-and-tumble of national politics.

rough-and-tumble

n
a fight or scuffle without rules
adj
characterized by roughness, disorderliness, and disregard for rules or conventions

rough′-and-tum′ble



adj.
1. characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles.
2. given to such action.
n.
3. rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rough-and-tumble - disorderly fightingrough-and-tumble - disorderly fighting      
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
Adj.1.rough-and-tumble - characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules; "a rough-and-tumble fight"; "rough-and-tumble politics"; "undisguised bare-knuckle capitalism"
disorderly - undisciplined and unruly; "disorderly youths"; "disorderly conduct"

rough-and-tumble

adjective
Marked by vigorous physical exertion:
Translations

rough-and-tumble

[ˈrʌfənˈtʌmbl] N the rough-and-tumble play of young boyslas peleíllas or riñas de los chavales
the rough-and-tumble of lifelos vaivenes de la vida
the rough-and-tumble of politicslos avatares or los altibajos de la política

rough-and-tumble

[ˌrʌfənˈtʌmbl] nzuffa

rough

(raf) adjective
1. not smooth. Her skin felt rough.
2. uneven. a rough path.
3. harsh; unpleasant. a rough voice; She's had a rough time since her husband died.
4. noisy and violent. rough behaviour.
5. stormy. The sea was rough; rough weather.
6. not complete or exact; approximate. a rough drawing; a rough idea/estimate.
noun
1. a violent bully. a gang of roughs.
2. uneven or uncultivated ground on a golf course. I lost my ball in the rough.
ˈroughly adverb
ˈroughness noun
ˈroughage (-fidʒ) noun
substances in food, eg bran or fibre, which help digestion.
ˈroughen verb
to make or become rough. The sea roughened as the wind rose.
rough diamond
a person of fine character but rough manners.
ˌrough-and-ˈready adjective
1. not carefully made or finished, but good enough. a rough-and-ready meal.
2. (of people) friendly enough but without politeness etc.
ˌrough-and-ˈtumble noun
friendly fighting between children etc.
rough it
to live for a period of time without the comforts or conveniences of modern life. They roughed it in the jungles for two months.
rough out
to draw or explain roughly. I roughed out a diagram; He roughed out his plan.
References in classic literature ?
Your ship is a tender creature, whose idiosyncrasies must be attended to if you mean her to come with credit to herself and you through the rough-and-tumble of her life.
It has been a rough-and-tumble finals series after three games with TNT shooting for a commanding 3-1 lead Sunday night.
After exploring Red Rocks Park, more rough-and-tumble animals crash on a dog bed at the new Origin Red Rocks (from $89, pets $10/night; originhotel.com) in Golden, Colorado, with complimentary cheesy snacks.
There were only three computers in the office for the entire crowd and it took us 5 hours of going through the rough-and-tumble to complete all the formalities.
Embracing Rough-And-Tumble Play: Teaching With the Body in Mind
Available in four different sizes, the mats also feature bound edges and are strong enough to withstand the most rough-and-tumble play.
"It's a rough-and-tumble affair - kids, older members, dogs too.
The open-bridge design and rubberized finish make them extremely lightweight, ergonomic and easy to handle, while still impervious to rough-and-tumble use.
A few old liquor bottles have been found, but historian Linda Derry told the Associated Press she hesitates to point the finger at lawmakers, saying early Cahawba was home to a rough-and-tumble crowd in general.
A certain degree of rough-and-tumble is part of life, but only to a point: and that point is serious danger of injury.
The raven is not usually deserving of the discontent heaped on the head of its rough-and-tumble relative.
Henry spends every free minute hanging out with Buster Keaton, a child slapstick actor known as "the human mop" for his ability to take falls in a rough-and-tumble act with his parents.