rough stuff

  1. violence, as physical assault, torture or shooting.

  2. unnecessary violence or infractions of the rules, as in sports.

  1. blatant vulgarity or obscenity.

Origin of rough stuff

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby rough stuff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rough stuff in a sentence

  • Usually the boys who do the rough stuff in a case like this know little of what is really going on.

  • You never heard of me starting any rough stuff when there was a pinch coming off, did you?

    From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for rough stuff

rough stuff

  1. informal violence

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