Definition of rough work in English:

rough work

noun

  • 1Preliminary, unpolished, or unfinished work. Also concrete: the result of this.

  • 2Difficult and arduous physical labour; specifically (with the) the heavier part of housework.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From rough + work.

Pronunciation

rough work

/ˈrʌf ˌwəːk/