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roughhouse

[n. ruhf-hous; v. ruhf-hous, -houz] /n. ˈrʌfˌhaʊs; v. ˈrʌfˌhaʊs, -ˌhaʊz/
noun, plural roughhouses
[ruhf-hou-ziz] /ˈrʌfˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.
verb (used without object), roughhoused
[ruhf-houst, -houzd] /ˈrʌfˌhaʊst, -ˌhaʊzd/ (Show IPA),
roughhousing
[ruhf-hou-sing, -zing] /ˈrʌfˌhaʊ sɪŋ, -zɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
2.
to engage in rough, disorderly play.
verb (used with object), roughhoused
[ruhf-houst, -houzd] /ˈrʌfˌhaʊst, -ˌhaʊzd/ (Show IPA),
roughhousing
[ruhf-hou-sing, -zing] /ˈrʌfˌhaʊ sɪŋ, -zɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
3.
to handle roughly but with playful intent:
to roughhouse the cat.
Origin of roughhouse
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; rough + house
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Examples from the Web for roughhouse
Historical Examples
  • What a, as one might say, roughhouse might it not—er—precipitate!

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Now it's sure this blond party's deal, and we better reckon ahead a mite before we start any roughhouse with her.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • There were gangs of good-natured rowdies, and there were roughhouse communities in pioneer days.

    The Wonderful Story of Lincoln Charles M. Stevens
  • I didnt want the boys riding over there and starting a roughhouse at the Tin Can Saloon.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • She don't seem nervous or panicky at all, like most women would, breakin' in on a roughhouse scene like that.

  • Then, when the roughhouse came, these pajamas were swept along in the sacking—sort of spoils of pillage, you know.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for roughhouse

roughhouse

/ˈrʌfˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
verb
2.
to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way
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Slang definitions & phrases for roughhouse

roughhouse

adjective

: rough-house work for the political boss

noun

  1. Boisterous and rowdy behavior; more or less harmless scuffling (1897+)
  2. Physical violence; mayhem (1887+)

verb

  1. : The kids roughhoused half the night (1900+)
  2. : Gun-toting bodyguards roughhoused Swedish citizens (1902+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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