rough and tumble meaning, rough and tumble definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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rough and tumble

  
, rough-and-tumble  
1       n-uncount   You can use rough and tumble to refer to a situation in which the people involved try hard to get what they want, and do not worry about upsetting or harming others, and you think this is acceptable and normal.  
oft the N of n  
...the rough-and-tumble of political combat.     
2       n-uncount   Rough and tumble is physical playing that involves noisy and slightly violent behaviour.  
He enjoys rough and tumble play.     
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rough-and-tumble

  
1   
      n   affray     (Law)   brawl, donnybrook, dust-up     (informal)   fight, fracas, melee or mêlée, punch-up     (Brit. informal)   roughhouse     (slang)   scrap     (informal)   scrimmage, scuffle, shindig     (informal)   shindy     (informal)   struggle  
2   
      adj   boisterous, disorderly, haphazard, indisciplined, irregular, rough, rowdy, scrambled, scrambling  

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