roughhouse

v To play rough. OK, you guys. No roughhousing in the living room. 1940s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • roughhouse — ☆ roughhouse [ruf′hous΄ ] Informal n. rough, boisterous, or rowdy play, fighting, etc., esp. indoors vt. roughhoused, roughhousing to treat (a person) roughly or boisterously, but usually in fun vi. to take part in roughhouse …   English World dictionary

  • roughhouse — /ˈrʌfhaʊs/ (say rufhows) Colloquial –noun 1. noisy, disorderly behaviour or play; rowdy conduct; a brawl. –verb (roughhoused, roughhousing) –verb (i) 2. to engage or take part in a roughhouse. –verb (t) 3. to disturb or harass by a roughhouse.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • roughhouse — {n.} Riotous play or commotion. * /? told the boys they can play in the attic if there is no roughhouse./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • roughhouse — I. noun Date: 1887 violence or rough boisterous play II. verb (roughhoused; roughhousing) Date: 1902 transitive verb to treat in a boisterously rough manner intransitive verb to engage in roughhouse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roughhouse — n. /ruf hows /; v. /ruf hows , howz /, n., pl. roughhouses / how ziz/, v., roughhoused / howst , howzd /, roughhousing / how sing, zing/. n. 1. rough, disorderly playing, esp. indoors. v.i. 2. to engage in rough, disorderly play. v.t. 3. to… …   Universalium

  • roughhouse — rough|house [ rʌf,haus ] verb intransitive to play in a rough noisy way: I don t mind if the kids roughhouse as long as nobody gets hurt …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • roughhouse — I. noun Riotous play or commotion. ? told the boys they can play in the attic if there is no roughhouse. II. v To play very wildly; be running around as young boys usually do. Stop roughhousing this minute, Grandma cried. Your father will be home …   Словарь американских идиом

  • roughhouse — AND roughneck 1. n. a mean kid; a boisterous child, usually male. □ Jimmy! Stop acting like such a roughhouse. □ Tell that young roughneck to straighten up and behave. 2. in. to be boisterous. □ Stop roughnecking in my living room …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • roughhouse — {v.} To play very wildly; be running around as young boys usually do. * / Stop roughhousing this minute, Grandma cried. Your father will be home soon. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • roughhouse — {v.} To play very wildly; be running around as young boys usually do. * / Stop roughhousing this minute, Grandma cried. Your father will be home soon. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • roughhouse — 1. noun rowdy behaviour 2. verb a) To behave rowdily b) To treat roughly Syn: ho …   Wiktionary

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