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verb[NO OBJECT]North american
1 Act in a boisterous, violent manner.‘they roughhouse on street corners’
brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, assault each other, attack each other, hit each other, punch each otherView synonyms
- ‘They sat down on the front porch, and watched the other three boys wrestle and rough house in the yard.’
- ‘Some people will warn you about a poodle's general fragility but I could still rough-house with him and he would regularly go on 3-mile runs.’
- ‘Did you break this lamp rough-housing around the house?’
- ‘I was glad I had the car all to myself, glad I didn't have a worrying wife beside me or a couple kids rough-housing in the back seat.’
- ‘Every day we rough-house or play tag for a half hour, and on weekends we play for hours, walk around the mall or go to the park.’
- ‘Squeak asked as he bent down to rough house with Buddy.’
- 1.1[with object]Handle (someone) roughly or violently.‘he had them roughhoused by his servants’
- ‘Would you rather me rough house you, or treat you like a queen?’
- ‘In that one Mitchell tried to rough house John.’
- ‘Fathers step in to socialize their toddlers along gender lines at around 13 months, verbally rough-housing their sons and talking in more emotional terms with daughters.’
A violent disturbance.‘individual policemen may strike out in some after-hours pub roughhouse’
- ‘If it turned into a rough-house later someone tell me - I've still got the video.’
- ‘That latter demand turned the Security Council into a rough house that saw one country lean heavily on smaller and more vulnerable members.’
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