rough and tumble

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rough and tumble

"rough and tumble"

rowdy, disorderly, and boisterous;

disorderly; aggressive


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rough and tumble

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I can't believe that I lost the account. I played by the rules and did everything according to accepted social standards.

Colleague 2: Advertising is a rough-and-tumble world. Our competitors will use whatever aggressive methods necessary to win. You can't always be a nice guy.

Colleague 1: Lesson learned. I will play harder and meaner next time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rough and tumble

Two parents are talking ...

Mother: I can't believe the amount of laundry our two boys generate. It seems I am always needing to do a load.

Father: Well, we did raise them rough and tumble. They are not afraid to be boisterous and get a little dirty.

Mother: True. We have always encouraged them to be sure of themselves and fearless so if they become a little rowdy and have a lot of fun, it is to be expected.

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rough and tumble - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for rough and tumble.

rough and tumble - Examples:

1)  The focus on rough and tumble hockey takes its toll: NHL teams are plagued with a rash of injuries.

2)  In 1833, far away in Upper Canada, in the rough and tumble young community of Kingston, a local committee recommended construction of a jail.

3)  Our cottage is rough and tumble but because it's a family cottage I know the dirt is ours so it ...

4)  ... seems I struck a nerve. You sure are sensitive for such a rough and tumble individualist. 

5)  I operated a rough and tumble, no holds barred political website for about four years.

6)  Be my mentor and teach me the ways of this rough and tumble Android versus iOS world?

7)  My gorgeous, rough and tumble boys -- I love them as hard as they love all things mud, dirt ...

8)  ... because "Americans" as I know them are supposed to be the rough and tumble, pioneer and frontier spirit, people who aren't afraid of anything.

9)  Good luck in this rough and tumble political season for your feelings are going to get hurt and you will be disillusioned.

10)  They are also tested to extreme conditions and can handle the rough and tumble of flight and rocket launches. 

11)  Moore and Black were not studio musicians. They were rough and tumble honky-tonk rockabilly guys.

12)  Ukrainian politics are often more rough and tumble than anything you find inside a boxing ring.

13)  The rough and tumble of active play is a natural preventive for the current epidemic of childhood obesity.

14)  He also likes to be rough and tumble and caused this fall to get some bodily contact and to tussle with me!

15)  Boys go through school wearing clothes designed for rough and tumble. Girls wear clothes designed for show.

16)  Hamilton could be to Toronto what Oakland has become to San Francisco: a rough-and-tumble refuge for the aspiring painter or poet unable to afford a basement apartment.

17)  For example, fathers tend to engage in more physical, rough-and-tumble, and idiosyncratic play than do mothers.

18)  The Boston Bruins prospect loves that rough-and-tumble style and plays the game like a bowling ball out there, often knocking over ...

19)  ... has never functioned, nor was it intended to function, unprotected in the rough-and-tumble real estate marketplace.

20)  ... gives us a window into the rough-and-tumble lives of our settler-forefathers and what they did to succeed against lawlessness.