rough-and-ready

[ ruhf-uh n-red-ee ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i /

adjective

rough, rude, or crude, but good enough for the purpose: a rough-and-ready estimate of future expenses.
exhibiting or showing rough vigor rather than refinement or delicacy: a cowboy—the rough-and-ready type.

Nearby words

  1. rough sleeper,
  2. rough spin,
  3. rough stuff,
  4. rough trade,
  5. rough up,
  6. rough-and-tumble,
  7. rough-cut,
  8. rough-dry,
  9. rough-hew,
  10. rough-hewn

Origin of rough-and-ready

First recorded in 1800–10

Related formsrough-and-read·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rough and ready

rough-and-ready

adjective

crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
(of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
Derived Formsrough-and-readiness, noun

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Idioms and Phrases with rough and ready

rough and ready

Unrefined or makeshift but available for use or action, as in The agenda is somewhat rough and ready, but it covers the main issues. [First half of 1800s]

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