[ ruhf-uhn-red-ee ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i /
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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.
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Origin of rough-and-ready
First recorded in 1800–10
OTHER WORDS FROM rough-and-readyrough-and-read·i·ness, noun
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How to use rough-and-ready in a sentence
Then came the rough-and-ready sentence of the camp-followers.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
The girl was too refined to cope with the rough-and-ready young patronesses of The Bunhouse.The Mark Of Cain|Andrew Lang
Still the rough-and-ready methods of the earlier centuries were certainly cheaper, and the result was much the same.The Law and the Poor|Edward Abbott Parry
He was the head of the family of Nideck, a rough-and-ready warrior, I can tell you.The Man-Wolf and Other Tales|Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
The problem is similar to the present one, except that it is rough-and-ready, compared to the present one.
British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-ready
crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
(of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
Derived forms of rough-and-readyrough-and-readiness, noun
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Other 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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