verb (used without object)
- roughing mill,
Origin of roughneck
Examples from the Web for roughneck
I wanted to kill the enemy and be a roughneck and cuss and spit tobacco, come home and do it again.‘Hell And Back Again’: PBS Airs Documentary On Wounded Marine|Jesse Ellison|May 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And as long as youre rooming with me—which I hope wont be long—Ill ask you to cut out that roughneck stuff.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
It was mighty slow, an' I'm still a roughneck; but I'm gettin' on.The Mucker|Edgar Rice Burroughs
I kind of gloried in being a roughneck, I reckon, he added with a wry smile.
also rough-neck, 1836, "rugged individual," from rough (adj.) + neck (n.). Original context is the Texas frontier, later adpoted to labor organization toughs. Specific sense of "oil rig worker" is recorded from 1917. Cf. redneck.