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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of roughhouse.


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  • The boy roughhoused with our new puppy—a husky we instantly fell in love with that had one blue eye and one green eye—that our stepfather had brought home one day from a farm as a surprise for us.

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  • They roughhoused for a great length of time; blood was drawn, minor bones were broken.

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  • While the other boys grumbled and roughhoused, David took the clothing into the guest bathroom to get dressed.

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  • Anyone who's roughhoused with a little kid and had them land a lucky blow knows how much damage a tiny opponent can do.

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  • In the past, Kristen Dennison, Dover, Mass., was tempted to interfere when her husband Ed roughhoused with their sons, David, 2, and Benjamin, 6, swinging them above the floor or onto his shoulders.

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  • Everyone roughhoused, men always found an excuse to touch their women, and if you did something well, you received literally a hundred slaps on the back.

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  • And perhaps she was being roughhoused a little bit and was considered, basically, a non-person for a lot of different reasons.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2006

  • He was the dashing young politician with the glamorous wife and beautiful children; the war hero who had saved men's lives in the South Pacific and received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal; the well-bred graduate of an exclusive New England prep school and Harvard college; and the skilled athlete who played tennis, sailed, engaged in vigorous games of touch football, and roughhoused picturesquely with his children around the White House.

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  • Eventually, we arrived at a cinderblock building where they roughhoused us inside on the concrete floor, left us there, and we were there for about 6 to 7 hours, into the night, hearing American aircraft overhead, which was one of the most worrying things.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2004

  • Somehow they knew to be patient and gentle with her—they never roughhoused the way they did with him, but absorbed her endless caresses with wiggly-assed delight.

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