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Rough Riders

plural noun
the members of a volunteer regiment of cavalry organized by Theodore Roosevelt and Leonard Wood for service in the Spanish-American War. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Always like to be on time at a party," said the rough rider, levelling his carbine.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • "Score one for the rough rider," said her companion after he had drunk.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • rough rider (to old Creeper, who will not let his horse jump).

  • But I'm not a rough rider, and much disinclined to have my bones broken.

    Home Again George MacDonald
  • Well, he's never been a rough rider like Rupert Louth; but I believe he's a sportsman, does all the usual things.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • I know you are something of a rough rider yourself, and a good marksman to boot.

  • He started to speak to the rough rider when a bullet hit the fellow and killed him on the spot.

  • "Running from the cover of brush to the trenches was no easy matter," says one rough rider who was there.

Word Origin and History for rough rider

1733, "horse-breaker," from rough (adj. or adv.) + rider. In specific military use, a non-commissioned officer in cavalry regiments, from 1802; meaning "irregular cavalryman" is attested from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Rough Riders definition

The nickname of a volunteer group of cavalry led by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. They were famous for a victorious charge at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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