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rough-and-tumble

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by roughness and disregard for order or rules: rough-and-tumble politics.
  • n. A condition marked by rough disorderly struggle; infighting: the rough-and-tumble of national politics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. active, vigorous and rough, with the possibility of harm
  • adj. highly competitive
  • n. Rough activity; fights
  • n. An environment of rough activity
  • n. A person who characteristically engages in such activity
  • v. Engage in rough-and-tumble activity

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules
  • n. disorderly fighting

Etymologies

rough + and + tumble (Wiktionary)

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