rough-house

roughhouse

[n. ruhf-hous; v. ruhf-hous, -houz]
noun, plural roughhouses [ruhf-hou-ziz] .
1.
rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.
verb (used without object), roughhoused [ruhf-houst, -houzd] , roughhousing [ruhf-hou-sing, -zing] .
2.
to engage in rough, disorderly play.
verb (used with object), roughhoused [ruhf-houst, -houzd] , roughhousing [ruhf-hou-sing, -zing] .
3.
to handle roughly but with playful intent: to roughhouse the cat.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; rough + house

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roughhouse (ˈrʌfˌhaʊs)
 
n
1.  rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
 
vb
2.  to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way

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rough-house
1887, as a noun, "uproar, disturbance," from rough (adj.) + house. The verb is first attested c.1897.
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roughhouse definition


and roughneck
  1. n.
    a mean kid; a boisterous child, usually male. : Jimmy! Stop acting like such a roughhouse.
  2. in.
    to be boisterous. : The boys broke the lamp when they were roughnecking around in the family room.
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