Definition of rough and tumble in English:

rough and tumble

Syllabification: rough and tum·ble

noun

  • A situation without rules or organization; a free-for-all: the rough and tumble of political life [as modifier]: the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of the dealing room
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    • Newsgirls were to be found, but young females generally enjoyed fewer opportunities within the rough-and-tumble street culture milieu.
    • The best of the landscapes meld nature's rough and tumble with the rough and tumble of the paint to rich effect.
    • He examines the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago party politics, where labor organizations were but one group of players.

Origin

early 19th century: originally boxing slang.

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