or rough·hew

[ ruhf-hyoo ]
/ ˈrʌfˈhyu /

verb (used with object), rough-hewed, rough-hewed or rough-hewn, rough-hew·ing.

to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
to shape roughly; give crude form to.


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Origin of rough-hew

First recorded in 1520–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for rough-hew


verb -hews, -hewing, -hewed, -hewed or -hewn (tr)

to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
Also: roughcast to shape roughly or crudely
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