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

1885–90, Americanism; rough + house Unabridged
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roughhouse (ˈrʌfˌhaʊs)
1.  rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
2.  to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way

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Slang Dictionary

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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
When they go behind the team tends to resort to roughhouse tactics.
Never roughhouse with the pup, the way its littermates did, and it will cut down on how the pup views you as well.
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