[noun ruhf-hous; verb ruhf-hous, -houz]
- rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.
- to engage in rough, disorderly play.
- to handle roughly but with playful intent: to roughhouse the cat.
Origin of roughhouse
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Examples from the Web for roughhouse
What a, as one might say, roughhouse might it not—er—precipitate!It Pays to Smile
Nina Wilcox Putnam
Now it's sure this blond party's deal, and we better reckon ahead a mite before we start any roughhouse with her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There were gangs of good-natured rowdies, and there were roughhouse communities in pioneer days.The Wonderful Story of Lincoln
Charles M. Stevens
I didnt want the boys riding over there and starting a roughhouse at the Tin Can Saloon.The Heart of Canyon Pass
Thomas K. Holmes
She don't seem nervous or panicky at all, like most women would, breakin' in on a roughhouse scene like that.Shorty McCabe on the Job
- rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
- to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way
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