Rough-and-tumble - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rəf and ˈtəmbəl|  American pronunciation of the word rough-and-tumble
Brit.  |ˌrʌf ən ˈtʌmbəl|  British pronunciation of the word rough-and-tumble

noun

- disorderly fighting (syn: dogfight, hassle, scuffle, tussle)

adjective

- characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules(syn: bare-knuckle, bare-knuckled)

Examples

Most boys enjoy rough-and-tumble play.

the rough and tumble of public life

...a vagabond group of entertainers that performed in rough-and-tumble mining towns...

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