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play rough

Slang definitions & phrases for play rough

play for keeps

verb phrase

To be intent and serious to the point of callousness; play hardball: We're out here man for man and playin' for keeps

[1861+; fr the game of marbles and other children's games where the tokens may be either returned or kept by the winner]

play rough

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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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  • Now that, seor, should teach you not to play rough with a red-head.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Poor Rabbit had been educated at home by a foolish, widowed mother, who had been afraid of letting him play rough games.

    Studies in Wives Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • I dare not trust myself to play rough with men, let alone boys—yes, I didn't dare strike.

    Oscar the Detective Harlan Page Halsey
  • I knew better than to play rough, so I just looked down at his hand, and didn't stop looking at it until he took it away.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • "And they'll play rough to stop us from finding it," Arv added forebodingly.

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