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rough-and-tumble

[ruhf-uh n-tuhm-buh l] /ˈrʌf ənˈtʌm bəl/
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 of rough-and-tumble
1785-1795
1785-95
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British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-tumble

rough-and-tumble

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

adjective

Free and uninhibited; with no limits or reservations; no holds barred: It was a rough-and-tumble confrontation

[1832+; originally of a fight where the usual rules were not observed; an article of 1810 says that ''in roughing and tumbling it is allowable to peel the skull, tear out the eyes, and smooth away the nose'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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