Definition of rough-dress in English:

rough-dress

verb

  • 1with object To beat and scrape (flax or hemp) in order to remove the coarser particles. Compare "swingle". Now chiefly historical.

  • 2with object To remove rough projections from (stone).

Origin

Early 17th century. From rough + dress.

Pronunciation

rough-dress

/ˈrʌfˌdrɛs/