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Origin of rough-and-tumble
Words nearby rough-and-tumble
Example sentences from the Web for rough-and-tumble
His youngest son, Orange Scott, was a rough-and-tumble trickster and a terrible tease.
Mandelbaum began her climb to the top of the crime world as a peddler on the rough-and-tumble, bustling streets of New York City.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In that rough-and-tumble era, wire cages surrounded many basketball courts to protect spectators from the players, and visa versa.
For many fans, her hardscrabble youth and rough-and-tumble style were viewed as endearing strengths.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal|Amy Zimmerman|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While at the Tribune, Axelrod rose to city hall bureau chief, covering the rough-and-tumble politics of the Windy City.From Rick Stengel to David Axelrod, All of the President’s Journalists|Ben Jacobs|September 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Id hate to meet any one of you in a rough-and-tumble fight, he said.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty|Gerald Breckenridge
It isn't a bad game for a chap that can ride and track, and likes a bit of rough-and-tumble now and then.'Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
This Bandy Walker was a gunman and a rough-and-tumble fighter.The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine
Maybe it was more practical than rough-and-tumble individualism.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
If they did make an assault, we had bayonets, and they had not, and we could sell our lives very dearly in a rough-and-tumble.The Defence of Duffer's Drift|Ernest Dunlop Swinton
British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-tumble
Idioms and Phrases with 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]