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roughhouse

[ noun ruhf-hous; verb ruhf-hous, -houz ]

noun

, plural rough·hous·es [ruhf, -hou-ziz].
  1. rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.


verb (used without object)

, rough·housed [ruhf, -houst, -houzd], rough·hous·ing [ruhf, -hou-sing, -zing].
  1. to engage in rough, disorderly play.

verb (used with object)

, rough·housed [ruhf, -houst, -houzd], rough·hous·ing [ruhf, -hou-sing, -zing].
  1. to handle roughly but with playful intent:

    to roughhouse the cat.

roughhouse

/ ˈrʌfˌhaʊs /

noun

  1. rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour


verb

  1. to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way

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Word History and Origins

Origin of roughhouse1

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; rough + house

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Example Sentences

She don't seem nervous or panicky at all, like most women would, breakin' in on a roughhouse scene like that.

Then, when the roughhouse came, these pajamas were swept along in the sacking—sort of spoils of pillage, you know.

What a, as one might say, roughhouse might it not—er—precipitate!

I didnt want the boys riding over there and starting a roughhouse at the Tin Can Saloon.

There were gangs of good-natured rowdies, and there were roughhouse communities in pioneer days.

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