roughneck

[ ruhf-nek ]
/ ˈrʌfˌnɛk /

noun

a rough, coarse person; a tough.
any laborer working on an oil-drilling rig.Compare roustabout(def 4).

verb (used without object)

to work as a roughneck.

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Origin of roughneck

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; rough + neck
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British Dictionary definitions for roughneck

roughneck
/ (ˈrʌfˌnɛk) /

noun slang

a rough or violent person; thug
a worker in an oil-drilling operation
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