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- n. Alternative spelling of rough-and-tumble.
- adj. Alternative spelling of rough-and-tumble.
- v. engage in rough-and-tumble activity
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Boisterous rough and tumble was a traditional part of the festivities, and William, who was described by John Aubrey as “a mad young fighting fellow,” had probably indulged in a certain amount of horseplay with his fellow Welsh bloods.
Is there a human being, taking part in the rough and tumble of the world, who can honestly make confession and say that he has completely suffocated those inherent instincts of savagedom — joy and patience in the chase, the longing for excitement and surprise, the crude selfishness, the delight in getting something for nothing?
Now, a nigger, you see, what's got to be hacked and tumbled round the world, and sold to Tom, and Dick, and the Lord knows who, 'tan't no kindness to be givin' on him notions and expectations, and bringin 'on him up too well, for the rough and tumble comes all the harder on him arter.