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  • n. Plural form of rough.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of rough.


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  • Yet we would be "roughs" -- and she and her crew must be "treated with the deference due the gentler sex."

    The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)

  • Of course, the line quality of the roughs is the "loose" holy grail of drawing, and when we tried to put down the finishing touches as the R train barreled into Prince Street, the drawings became not only "tight," but often wrong.


  • Prisoners could do very much as they liked in those days, and the consequence was that the "roughs," or the worst characters, gave the "ton" to the whole prison.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England

  • And here I may remark that on parade, where all the prisoners exercised together, they associated in classes as they would do outside -- the "roughs," the "prigs," the

    Six Years in the Prisons of England

  • Our brief conversation was cheerful, and my hearty congratulations for his escape from the Baltimore "roughs" were received with a laugh.

    Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.

  • In one of the numerous public-houses in the town of St. Peter-Port, surrounded by a gang of "roughs," a man, still young, sat on a stool.

    The Silver Lining A Guernsey Story

  • If any two classes can be singled out in the community as the largest habitual consumers of tobacco, it must be the college students and the city "roughs" or "rowdies," or whatever the latest slang name is, -- for these roysterers, like oysters, incline to names with an _r_ in.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861

  • Diagonally across the street was a disreputable bar-room, where all the "roughs" assembled every night; and for no less than three weeks after the "Conservative" victory these fellows kept up a shouting and howling, which was far from agreeable to me.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922

  • He had gone on foot since, with his tireless strength, he could so travel across the "roughs" at better than a mounted pace and be less cumbered.

    A Pagan of the Hills

  • That night during the hour of preaching some "roughs" took our

    Autobiography of John G. Fee: Berea, Kentucky


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