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

  • n. Rowdy, uproarious behavior or play.
  • intransitive v. To engage in rowdy, uproarious behavior or play.
  • transitive v. To handle or treat roughly, usually in fun.

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  • n. rowdy behaviour
  • v. To behave rowdily
  • v. To treat roughly

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

  • v. engage in rough or disorderly play


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