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rough-and-ready

[ruhf-uh n-red-ee] /ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i/
adjective
1.
rough, rude, or crude, but good enough for the purpose:
a rough-and-ready estimate of future expenses.
2.
exhibiting or showing rough vigor rather than refinement or delicacy:
a cowboy—the rough-and-ready type.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
Related forms
rough-and-readiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-ready

rough-and-ready

adjective
1.
crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
2.
(of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
Derived Forms
rough-and-readiness, noun
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