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  • n. Alternative spelling of roughhouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In sports, rough play; hence, rough play in general; horseplay; rowdy conduct.

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

  • v. treat in a rough or boisterous manner

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Examples

  • My father had saved his life one rough-house night in Valparaiso.

    THE PROUD GOAT OFALOYSIUS PANKBURN

  • "It's the biggest rough-house I ever saw," Billy confided to

    CHAPTER IV

  • But if he wanted to raise a rough-house he certainly done it.

    CHAPTER IV

  • "I hope your neck doesn't stiffen up," the editor wished solicitously: "What do you say we all go out and have a drink on it — not the neck, of course, but the little rough-house?"

    Chapter 33

  • "There's no use pulling off a rough-house," he counselled.

    CHAPTER XXX

  • They're goin 'to have beer, an' if that Temescal bunch comes, there'll be a rough-house.

    Chapter 5

  • Oh, I know you, but you can't make no rough-house with me.

    Chapter 34

  • That Spot was only three days in coming back, and, as usual, celebrated his arrival with a rough-house.

    That Spot

  • If you think political debate can be rough-house knock-down drag-out tussle, just try discussing music with musicians sometime.

    Right Wing Attacks Live Earth...and misses by a Planet

  • How can we tell students to have excellence in the classroom when the PE coach sits idly by as the children rough-house and the bullies roam free?

    Playground Pain Limits Classroom Gain

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