[ ruhf-uh n-red-ee ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i /
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.
Words nearby rough-and-ready
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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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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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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