We are the land of meritocracy, rugged individualism and equal opportunity.
What, in other words, are the limits of rugged individualism?
It is hard to be a "rugged individualist" when caring for babies who can't fend for themselves.
His personal brand, a kind of of rugged style meets elegance, has shaped the way men dress all over the world.
And yet that just contributed to the local lore of the state as a repository for rugged Americana.
The Ribbonmen were rough and rugged, but comparatively respectable.
But the way was rugged, broken, and in spots nearly impassable.
Being practically a level country, the forests became as prominent landmarks as mountains and hills are in rugged districts.
His voice sounded strangely soft from one so large and rugged.
And, groaning deeply, he threw himself on a chair, and rugged his hair like a maniac in the highest paroxysm of his disease.
c.1300, "rough, shaggy, careworn" (originally of animals), from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft" (see rug). "The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same" [OED]. Meaning "vigorous, strong, robust" is American English, by 1848.
We were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines -- doctrines of paternalism and state socialism. [Herbert Hoover, speech in New York, Oct. 22, 1928]Hoover said the phrase was not his own, and it is attested from 1897, though not in a patriotic context. Related: Ruggedly; ruggedness.