- to work as a roughneck.
Origin of roughneck
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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
May 28, 2012
He could almost hear passersby say "goody-good" and "roughneck."A Boy Knight
Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
I copped it on the high seas—flotsam and jetsam,' says the 'roughneck.'
But I expect one cabaret is about like another in these roughneck towns.
I kind of gloried in being a roughneck, I reckon, he added with a wry smile.
It was mighty slow, an' I'm still a roughneck; but I'm gettin' on.The Mucker
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- a rough or violent person; thug
- a worker in an oil-drilling operation
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Word Origin and History for roughneck
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