• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rough-and-ready crude but effective for the purpose at hand
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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.


In literature:

He crossed out and rewrote, he destroyed sheet after sheet before the rough work of his hands was ready for polishing.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
Here are a few rough and ready "first principles" for you.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
She was so weak, and pretty, and frivolous, so ready to listen to rough flatteries.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Peters had with him a rough-and-ready apparatus for testing any mineral encountered.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
Later in the day he met Rough and Ready.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
These missiles, rough and ready in construction, were none the less formidable, while the moral effect was a great consideration.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
As is often found, a rough and ready way is good for a small amount of work such as he has before him.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
But, after all, these were men, and rough and ready men at that.
"The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek" by Willard F. Baker
He was rough and ready, and, at times, a bit too boisterous, but withal a good fellow.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
Crime was rife in the settlements, and, in the absence of courts, a rough-and-ready justice was administered by vigilance committees.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
The cherished superstition of a great nation was not to be uprooted in any such rough-and-ready fashion.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
But then, Jolly always claimed that he was just a plain, rough-and-ready countryman.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Perhaps there are about a thousand of us present, and most of us are of a class of society we may denominate rough and ready.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
A typical colonist of the downright rough-and-ready type.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
That trick of color was not to be learned, it was clear, by rough-and-ready advances.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
The wall-scaling drills were always enjoyed by the cadets as they offered chances for rough and ready fun.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
Whether as a student of method he approved of his rough and ready education is not quite clear.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
Things are rough and ready here, without any frills.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
It abounded in ready wit, sharp reasoning, and rough eloquence.
"The Story of American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Rough and ready is a popular attribute.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker

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:

Rough and Ready set to celebrate 'Secession Day'.
Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce.
Old Rough and Ready & Ol' Simmons.
Ozaukee Country Club rough and ready .
Teen Drug Arrest on Rough and Ready Highway.
Nevada county Sheriff Keith Royal says a deputy saw a group of people standing in the rain on the Rough and Ready Highway Monday night.
Hot Stuff at Rough and Ready Chili Cook-off.
It is Chili Cook-off time in Rough and Ready on Sunday September 30th.
Above all, the imaginative staging, the rough-and-ready show space and the overall energy suggested a strong designer with a long way to go among a line-up in Italy of designer names whose early days are far behind.
The telltale aroma of marijuana seeping from a storage unit allegedly led to two Rough and Ready brothers being busted for drugs and guns.
This Atlanta foursome takes no prisoners with its rough and ready rock vocals, screamin' soul keyboards, gritty guitars and relentless rhythm section.
Hot Stuff at Rough and Ready Chili Cook-off.
Is fiber-optic cable ready up to the grind of rough and rowdy remotes .
Our retirement readiness calculator will provide a rough idea of how long your retirement savings and income will last.
Rough, tough and ready -- these names will be perfect for your pup.

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