Definition of roughhouse in English:

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informal, chiefly North American


Pronunciation: /ˈrʌfhaʊs/
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌfhaʊz/
[no object]
1Act in a boisterous, violent manner: they roughhouse on street corners
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  • Did you break this lamp rough-housing around the house?
  • I was glad I had the car all to myself, glad I didn't have a worrying wife beside me or a couple kids rough-housing in the back seat.
  • Every day we rough-house or play tag for a half hour, and on weekends we play for hours, walk around the mall or go to the park.
1.1 [with object] Handle (someone) roughly or violently: he had them roughhoused by his servants
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  • Fathers step in to socialize their toddlers along gender lines at around 13 months, verbally rough-housing their sons and talking in more emotional terms with daughters.
  • Would you rather me rough house you, or treat you like a queen?
  • In that one Mitchell tried to rough house John.


Pronunciation: /ˈrʌfhaʊs/
A violent disturbance: individual policemen may strike out in some after-hours pub roughhouse
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  • That latter demand turned the Security Council into a rough house that saw one country lean heavily on smaller and more vulnerable members.
  • If it turned into a rough-house later someone tell me - I've still got the video.

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