rough neck

roughneck

[ruhf-nek]
noun
1.
a rough, coarse person; a tough.
2.
any laborer working on an oil-drilling rig. Compare roustabout ( def 4 ).
verb (used without object)
3.
to work as a roughneck.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; rough + neck

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roughneck (ˈrʌfˌnɛk)
 
n
1.  a rough or violent person; thug
2.  a worker in an oil-drilling operation

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