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
The new mayor, who takes office May 16, will inherit a budget deficit of at least $500 million, a city government long characterized by rough-and-tumble politics and a shrinking and increasingly Hispanic population.
Women owned and operated a large percentage of American taverns before and during the Revolution, especially in the rough-and-tumble port cities.
NASCAR pledged the 2010 season would be aimed at placating its hard-core supporters with rough-and-tumble racing, but the recession still ...
But wishful thinking has its limitations, especially in this rough-and-tumble neighborhood.
And a rough-and-tumble Democratic primary could prove beneficial.
While they do have increased healing abilities to cope with their rough-and-tumble lifestyle, wolves are as vulnerable as any creature.
Just as much of a character in person as Radar was on the screen, Shaffer, a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, was not shy about sharing the wisdom of his 80 years in an interview with CNN, and engaging in the rough-and-tumble of present-day Washington politics.
Our new governor likes to strike the pose of a perpetual political amateur -- as a microbrewer first, politico second or maybe third, who's still really getting his bearings in the cold, hard world of rough-and-tumble politics.
It also underscores Stevens' staying power on the political scene spanning from the rough-and-tumble days when Alaska was a territory to his days as one of the nation's most powerful senators.
In the speech, Mr. Sadr brandished his credentials not only as the torchbearer of a prominent and traditionally activist Shiite religious family, but equally as a kingmaker in the rough-and-tumble world of Iraqi politics.