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[ruhf-uh n-red-ee] /ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i/
rough, rude, or crude, but good enough for the purpose:
a rough-and-ready estimate of future expenses.
exhibiting or showing rough vigor rather than refinement or delicacy:
a cowboy—the rough-and-ready type.
Origin of rough-and-ready
First recorded in 1800-10
Related forms
rough-and-readiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rough-and-ready
Historical Examples
  • You are one of the rough-and-ready order, who are never late.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Then came the rough-and-ready sentence of the camp-followers.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • McCook and Wood swear like pirates, and affect the rough-and-ready style.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • rough-and-ready said nothing at the time, and De Lisle attended to his duty as usual.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • Their organisation is rough-and-ready, like themselves, and simple too.

    Battles with the Sea R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was simply an uncultured, ignorant, rough-and-ready, Irish-American backwoodsman.

    Adventures in Alaska Samuel Hall Young
  • rough-and-ready justice was administered by the Mayor and his brethren, the Aldermen.

    Medival London William Benham
  • Richard could not adopt that rough-and-ready way out of his difficulty.

    Demos George Gissing
  • He took a liking to the rough-and-ready straightforwardness of the American.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • And many of his images were much more of the rough-and-ready, than of the classical, order.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-ready


crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
(of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
Derived Forms
rough-and-readiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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