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rough-and-ready

[ ruhf-uhn-red-ee ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i /
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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.
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Origin of rough-and-ready

First recorded in 1800–10

OTHER WORDS FROM rough-and-ready

rough-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 forms of rough-and-ready

rough-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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