- to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
- to shape roughly; give crude form to.
Origin of rough-hew
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for rough-hew
"Rough-hew them as we will," said Rayburn, looking backward.The Missionary
There is a hand that shapes our ends, rough-hew them as we will.Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
But "there's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will."Lancashire Sketches
Where does he rough-hew or shape his work, and where is it for sale?The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre
Jean de La Bruyre
“There is a destiny that shapes our ends, rough-hew them though we may,” he thought to himself.Riddle of the Storm
Roy J. Snell
- to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
- Also: roughcast to shape roughly or crudely