One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or occupation of a rough-rider. Also (and in earliest use) figurative.
2In extended use: any other kind of hard, uncomfortable, or challenging riding, as in a motor car, train, etc.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Colman (d. 1794), playwright and theatre manager. From rough + riding, after rough-rider<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Scott (1771–1832), poet and novelist. From rough + riding, after rough-rider, rough-riding, rough-ride.
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