rough-and-tumble

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rough-and-tumble

[ruhf-uhn-tuhm-buhl]
adjective
1.
characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles: a rough-and-tumble fight; He led an adventuresome, rough-and-tumble life.
2.
given to such action.
noun
3.
rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.

Origin:
1785–95

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rough-and-tumble
 
n
1.  a fight or scuffle without rules
 
adj
2.  characterized by roughness, disorderliness, and disregard for rules or conventions

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Example sentences
The early solar system was such a rough-and-tumble place.
Its origin is in tickling and rough-and-tumble play, he says.
Lighting up the universe is a rough-and-tumble business.
For a professor he was not averse to a little rough-and-tumble.
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