[ ruhf-uh n-tuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈtʌm bəl /
characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles: a rough-and-tumble fight; He led an adventuresome, rough-and-tumble life.
given to such action.
rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.
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Origin of rough-and-tumble
First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for rough and tumble
a fight or scuffle without rules
characterized by roughness, disorderliness, and disregard for rules or conventions
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Idioms and Phrases with rough and tumble
rough and tumble
Disorderly scuffling or infighting, as in She had some reservations about entering the rough and tumble of local politics. This expression originated in the late 1700s in boxing, where it referred to a fight without rules. [Mid-1800s]
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