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 ?
If they had been two little street boys they would have sprung at each other and had a rough-and-tumble fight.
Even in that day of small things, and amidst the confusion and rough-and-tumble of pioneering, he worked out the broad policy that prevails to-day; and this goes far to explain the fact that there are in the United States twice as many telephones as there are in all other countries combined.
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.
The rough-and-tumble work in Afghanistan, coming on the top of a natural Bohemianism of disposition, has made me rather more lax than befits a medical man.
Graduates of the hardest of man-handling schools, veterans of multitudes of rough-and-tumble battles, men of blood and sweat and endurance, they nevertheless lacked one thing that Daylight possessed in high degree--namely, an almost perfect brain and muscular coordination.
But Patsy was a rushing, rough-and-tumble saloon-fighter, while Watson was a boxer.
Others of them, however, exhibited in the midst of much rough-and-tumble fighting and buffoonery, a slight thread of dramatic action.
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.
The raven is not usually deserving of the discontent heaped on the head of its rough-and-tumble relative.
The sound of human ha-ha laughter originated from the ancestral pant-pant, the sound of labored breathing of rough-and-tumble play, in which tickle is central," says Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
We get rough-and-tumble football because most fans want rough-and-tumble football.
This study surveyed 98 teachers of 4-year-olds about dramatic play in their classrooms and about their attitudes and practices about rough-and-tumble play.