1 informal A rough and uncouth person.
- 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.
2An oil rig worker.
- 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.
verb[no object] (usually as noun roughnecking)
Work on an oil rig: his savings from roughnecking are gone
More example sentences
- Folk who were in the jungle five years ago, they're working on the rigs now, roughnecking - think of that for a new beginning!
- During the 1980s oil boom my oldest son roughnecked for his college money.
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