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Extemporized music of a violent kind, made with any available tools, household utensils, etc., especially to express public outrage at the behaviour of others.
with object To subject (a person) to rough music as an expression of public outrage.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Ward (1667–1731), satirist. From rough + music<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Catherine Gore (d. 1861), novelist and playwright. From rough music.
rough music/ˌrʌf ˈmjuːzɪk/
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