rough-and-tumble

[ ruhf-uh n-tuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈrʌf ənˈtʌm bəl /

adjective

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.

noun

rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.

Origin of rough-and-tumble

First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for rough-and-tumble

rough-and-tumble


noun

a fight or scuffle without rules

adjective

characterized by roughness, disorderliness, and disregard for rules or conventions
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