- 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.
Origin of rough-and-ready
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for rough-and-ready
You are one of the rough-and-ready order, who are never late.Lord Kilgobbin
Then came the rough-and-ready sentence of the camp-followers.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
McCook and Wood swear like pirates, and affect the rough-and-ready style.The Citizen-Soldier
Rough-and-Ready said nothing at the time, and De Lisle attended to his duty as usual.Paddy Finn
W. H. G. Kingston
Their organisation is rough-and-ready, like themselves, and simple too.Battles with the Sea
- crude, unpolished, or hastily prepared, but sufficient for the purpose
- (of a person) without formality or refinement; rudely vigorous
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