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rough-hew

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[ruhf-hyoo] /ˈrʌfˈhyu/
verb (used with object), rough-hewed, rough-hewed or rough-hewn, rough-hewing.
1.
to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
2.
to shape roughly; give crude form to.
Origin of rough-hew
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30
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Examples from the Web for roughhewn
Historical Examples
  • It consisted of cabins of roughhewn logs surrounded by a stockade.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • In youth the land mass was roughhewn and cut deep by stream erosion.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • She reminded one of a roughhewn granite statue of old Egypt; and she was just as magnificently imposing.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • This arch was roughhewn on the flat surfaces and on about half of the outer curved surface, or extrados.

  • Their gestures were unstudiedly graceful, and their roughhewn faces were pleasant in expression.

  • The contrast between the resolute, handsome young white man and the roughhewn Tetong was superb.

  • Nevertheless, the altar has been left there—an altar of unpolished wood, placed against a background of roughhewn stone.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for roughhewn

rough-hew

verb (transitive) -hews, -hewing, -hewed, -hewed, -hewn
1.
to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
2.
Also roughcast. to shape roughly or crudely
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