Rough and ready

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rough and ready Acting with offhand promptness and efficiency
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Idioms

Rough and ready - If something is rough and ready, it has not been carefully prepared, but is fit for its purpose. If a person is rough and ready, they are not very refined or mannered.
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Usage

In literature:

She expected a merciless beating, according to the rough-and-ready customs of her tribe.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
A rough meal was soon ready, and all fell to.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
A criminal trial has to be more or less of a rough and ready bit of practical business.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
They are rough and ready boats, very much the worse for wear.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
He has the bodily strength and the rough-and-ready manners for the place: he is not too bright or good for human nature's daily drugs.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
The Connaught folks are somewhat rough-and-ready with their dead.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Hope you'll enjoy it, sir," he concluded, with the courtesy displayed toward one and all of "Old Rough and Ready's" men that day.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Off the screen he's as rough and ready as a chorus man.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Along the side benches and up on the "Mountain," flirtation and sweethearting went on, of a rough-and-ready order.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Our Vigilante justice may be rough and ready, but it fits the time and place.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 29, May 1893" by Various
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In poetry:

They were a rough and ready lot,
The bushmen gathered there,
But every man was stricken dumb,
To hear the stranger swear.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
Men in the rough--curt of speech to their fellows--
Ready in everything, save to deceive;
Theirs are the friendships that time only mellows,
And death cannot sever the bonds that they weave.
"Men in the Rough" by Arthur Chapman
Then the youth began to tremble, and seemed terrified to death,
And appeared ready to faint for the want of breath;
While Croquard shook him roughly, just like an ugly whelp,
And he looked from one to another, imploring help
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Military Times took three rough-and-ready cameras out for a few weeks of field test s in the wet and wild mountains, beaches and rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to see what kind of beating they could handle.
Military Times took three rough-and-ready cameras out for a few weeks of field tests in the wet and wild mountains, beaches and rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to see what kind of beating they could handle.
Chili cookers invited to compete in Rough and Ready chili cook-off.
Josh Malin, Rogers, football: Rough and ready .
Rough and Ready couple inducted into fair Hall of Fame.
Rough and Ready set to celebrate 'Secession Day'.
Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce.
Major Property Damage Following an Accident on Rough and Ready HWY.
Head On Collision on Rough and Ready Hwy.
Built rough and ready scout car.
Ozaukee Country Club rough and ready.
Built rough and ready scout car .
The telltale aroma of marijuana seeping from a storage unit allegedly led to two Rough and Ready brothers being busted for drugs and guns.
Is fiber-optic cable ready up to the grind of rough and rowdy remotes .
Rough, tough and ready -- these names will be perfect for your pup.
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In science:

Finally we are ready to collect all facts together and give a full characterisation of roughly weighted disjunctive hierarchical games.
Roughly Weighted Hierarchical Simple Games
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