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rough stuff

noun, Informal.
violence, as physical assault, torture or shooting.
unnecessary violence or infractions of the rules, as in sports.
blatant vulgarity or obscenity.
Origin of rough stuff
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He'd see, too, that the Bill who had done the rough stuff was changed.

    A Boy Knight Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
  • In the latter event you may reasonably expect some rough stuff.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • There used to be a good deal of ‘rough stuff’ in the old days.

  • Hittin' with one arm free goes, but no rough stuff in the clinches.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • You can cut out the rough stuff, Wolf, while there's a lady present.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Ive told you already that I wouldnt stand for any rough stuff.

  • Youve been in the service long enough to know that the rough stuff wont go.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • He couldn't go through any rough stuff with his sprained arm.

    Spillthrough Daniel F. Galouye
  • "No rough stuff," she heard him admonish himself under his breath.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for rough stuff

rough stuff

(informal) violence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for rough stuff

rough stuff

noun phrase

  1. Physical violence; mayhem: have graduated from the ''rough stuff'' class (1913+)
  2. Obscenity; profanity; porn (1950s+)
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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