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rough and ready

Definition of rough and ready in English:

1Crude but effective: a rough-and-ready estimating method
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  • It's rough and ready and it's simple lack of visual elegance makes it so much more enjoyable.
  • Churning out three and four-deckers at his factory rate of production (and he did much else than write novels) meant that Scott was occasionally obliged to be rough and ready in the finer points of construction.
  • ‘The recording session was a little rough and ready - the song was literally made in a room in someone's house,’ Tom laughs.
Synonyms
basic, simple, crude, unrefined, unpolished, unsophisticated;
makeshift, make-do, thrown together, cobbled together, provisional, stopgap, improvised, extemporary;
hurried, sketchy;
Latinad hoc
1.1(Of a person or place) unsophisticated or unrefined: the Hague, a town so bourgeois it makes Amsterdam seem rough and ready
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  • His characters - the men, at least - are rough and ready, and thrown down on the page with tons of energy.
  • Sara and Victoria were both nice enough, Danielle was a little rough and ready but I thought her heart was in the right place, and Amy had always seemed perfectly friendly and personable.
  • The Old Town, in its heyday, was apparently a teeming place, rough and ready and full of humanity with all its flaws, vices and passion.
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