rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.
to engage in rough, disorderly play.
to handle roughly but with playful intent: to roughhouse the cat.
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How to use roughhouse in a sentence
So that, while the boy who does not play "snappy" and hard cannot rank high, neither can the boy who plays "rough-house."The Minister and the Boy | Allan Hoben
Said he liked things lively, but there was altogether too much rough-house on Beacon Hill for him.Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son | George Horace Lorimer
Home rule would mean home rough-house—and a most beautiful argument it would be, enforced with shillalah logic.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12 | Elbert Hubbard
If there's any more o' this rough house, I'll run in every one o' you!The Walking Delegate | Leroy Scott
The way Im in wrong with the college, and now this new rough-house with Laura, will certainly put the crimp in me.Cursed | George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for roughhouse
rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way
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