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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
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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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