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  • Not as skilful as many, perhaps (though you must make allowances for the limited space in a sleeping berth), but a good bruising rough-rider, full of running, and as heartily selfish as royal fillies invariably are, intent on nothing but their own pleasure, which suits me admirably: there's nothing like voracity in the fair sex, especially when she's as strong as a bullock, which Kralta was.

    Watershed

  • The rough-rider lazos him, puts on the bridle with its severe bit, and springs upon his back in spite of kicking and plunging.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • And then one day there rode into that shack-town a young athlete in a uniform of scarlet and gold, the rough-rider hat, the tunic of red, the wide gold stripe to the top of the riding boots and the shining spurs.

    Policing the Plains Being the Real-Life Record of the Famous North-West Mounted Police

  • He was going to make the young man take his chance as the rough-rider had taken his.

    The Sheik

  • Slavin violently contorting his grim face into a horrible semblance of persuasive gallantry edged cautiously towards the irate dame -- much the same as a rough-rider will "So, ho, now!" and sidle up to

    The Luck of the Mounted A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police

  • Canal Strip a band of "bad men" from our ferocious Southwest, warranted to feed on criminals each breakfast time, and in command of a man-eating rough-rider.

    Zone Policeman 88; a close range study of the Panama canal and its workers

  • English and American boys read stories about Charles Peace, the burglar, and Ned Kelly, the highwayman, and even about Teddy Roosevelt, the rough-rider.

    Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography

  • They're recruiting a rough-rider regiment in San Antone.

    Heart of the Sunset

  • You know Winchester, the Australian rough-rider, who did such fine work with his bushman corps in the South African war -- and -- let me see!

    The Message

  • India, watching the rough-rider through field glasses, saw the face of the young man grow grim and hard.

    The Highgrader

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  • Though I usually think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War when I hear this term (usually without hyphen), it appears in a military dictionary from 1816 with the following definition: "a non-commissioned officer in a troop of cavalry, who assists the riding master." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008