Translation of roughneck in Spanish:

roughneck

Pronunciation: /ˈrʌfnek/

noun/nombre

[colloquial/familiar]
  • 1.1 (rough man) [pejorative/peyorativo] matón (masculine)
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    • The roughnecks and hooligans have gone and instead families on a Saturday night dine alfresco on the broad shrub-lined pavements as though they were in Paris.
    • Above all, every effort is made to avoid roughnecks and ‘muscle-bound morons.’
    • The power in Corb's songs is his ability to bring his world of roughnecks and steer roping to life on the stage.
    1.2 (oil worker)[ trabajador de un pozo petrolífero ]
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    • He gave two-thirds of full-time employees - everyone from top management to roughnecks working on oil rigs - Net-linked laptops.
    • When I worked in the South as a roughneck on oil rigs and as a steamfitter, I saw men like Walt get hung out to dry.
    • The bump-backs cascade down the hierarchy of skills and seniority; the roustabouts and roughnecks in lesser-skilled positions and typically of recent hire go walking.

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