On the ground, Border Patrol agents often are not available to respond because of rugged terrain or other assignments.
We are the land of meritocracy, rugged individualism and equal opportunity.
“The terrain is so rugged that they had to bring him out slung over the back of a horse, like the Wild West,” Walton recalls.
What, in other words, are the limits of rugged individualism?
Dunne plays the boys' rugged barber, shaving them with a blade in the armory.
The Ribbonmen were rough and rugged, but comparatively respectable.
Forth from a rugged arch, in the dusk below,640 Came mother Cybele!
Being practically a level country, the forests became as prominent landmarks as mountains and hills are in rugged districts.
It was like the drawing of a garment upon the rugged ground.
And, groaning deeply, he threw himself on a chair, and rugged his hair like a maniac in the highest paroxysm of his disease.
c.1300, "rough, shaggy, careworn" (originally of animals), from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft" (see rug). "The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same" [OED]. Meaning "vigorous, strong, robust" is American English, by 1848.
We were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines -- doctrines of paternalism and state socialism. [Herbert Hoover, speech in New York, Oct. 22, 1928]Hoover said the phrase was not his own, and it is attested from 1897, though not in a patriotic context. Related: Ruggedly; ruggedness.