• informal , chiefly North American
- 1Act in a boisterous, violent manner: they roughhouse on street cornersMore example sentences
- 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 servantsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- A violent disturbance: individual policemen may strike out in some after-hours pub roughhouseMore example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of roughhouseDefinition of roughhouse in:
- The US English dictionary