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rough US English

Having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level

rough US Thesaurus

rough ground

rough cut US English

The first version of a movie after preliminary editing

rough-dry US English

Dry (something) roughly or imperfectly

live rough US English

Live and sleep outdoors as a consequence of having no proper home

rough edges US English

Small imperfections in someone or something that is basically satisfactory

rough stuff US English

Boisterous or violent behavior

sleep rough US English

Sleep in uncomfortable conditions, typically outdoors

rough copy US English

A first draft of a piece of writing

Rough Fell US English

A sheep of a large long-woolled breed found in the Pennine area of England

rough-hewn US English

Denoting wood or stone that has been cut with a tool such as an ax, so that its surface is not smooth

rough trade US English

Rough or lower-class men sought, and sometimes paid, as casual sexual partners by more privileged or affluent men

rough pull New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

proof pulled by hand on inferior paper for correction purposes

rough justice US English

Treatment that is not scrupulously fair or in accordance with the law

rough passage US English

A journey over rough sea

rough-coated US English

(Of a dog or other animal) having relatively coarse fur that does not lie flat

rough collie US English

A dog of a rough-coated breed of collie, typically black and white or black, white, and tan

rough diamond US English

An uncut diamond

rough grazing US English

Uncultivated land used for grazing livestock

rough timber US English

Partly dressed timber, having only the branches removed

rough tongue US English

The habit of speaking rudely

a rough ride US English

A difficult (or easy) time doing something

bit of rough US English

A male sexual partner whose toughness or lack of sophistication is a source of attraction

in the rough US English

In a natural state; without decoration or other treatment

rough-textured US English

Having an uneven surface or coarse texture; not smooth

rough it in rough US English

Live in discomfort with only basic necessities

rough and ready US English

Crude but effective

rough someone up US English

Beat someone up

rough and tumble US English

A situation without rules or organization; a free-for-all

rough and ready US Thesaurus

the huts at our temporary encampments were rough and ready

rough-and-tumble US Thesaurus

rough-and-tumble play

rough and ready New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(three words, hyphens when attributive)

rough-winged swallow US English

A brown-backed American swallow

diamond in the rough US English

A person who is generally of good character but lacks manners, education, or style

rough around the edges US English

Having a few imperfections

rough something out in rough US English

Produce a preliminary and unfinished sketch or version of something

take the rough with the smooth US English

Accept the difficult or unpleasant aspects of life as well as the good

live rough in live1 US English

Live and sleep outdoors as a consequence of having no proper home

rough edges in rough US English

Small imperfections in someone or something that is basically satisfactory

rough stuff in rough US English

Boisterous or violent behavior

sleep rough in rough US English

Sleep in uncomfortable conditions, typically outdoors

rough justice in rough US English

Treatment that is not scrupulously fair or in accordance with the law

rough passage in rough US English

A journey over rough sea

rough someone up in rough US English

Beat someone up

a rough ride in ride US English

A difficult (or easy) time doing something


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