rough-and-ready

[ ruhf-uh n-red-ee ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈrɛd i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. rough sleeper,
  2. rough spin,
  3. rough stuff,
  4. rough trade,
  5. rough up,
  6. rough-and-tumble,
  7. rough-cut,
  8. rough-dry,
  9. rough-hew,
  10. rough-hewn

Origin of rough-and-ready

First recorded in 1800–10

Related formsrough-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 Formsrough-and-readiness, noun

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