rough-house

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rough-house treat in a rough or boisterous manner
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rough-house In sports, rough play; hence, rough play in general; horseplay; rowdy conduct.
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Usage

In literature:

Four thick beams, but very roughly squared, intersect each other in the middle of the house.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
It was a room at the top of a rough wooden house in Norway.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
It hath been told me that there is a rough and turbulent fellow who visits this house.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
She heard men's voices, loud and rough, in other parts of the house.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
But as they progressed, the houses or shacks grew thicker until it appeared that they were traversing the rough semblance of a street.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Rough tweeds are now woven in many of the houses.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
He is persuaded to go to sea, and gets a glimpse of the rough side of life in a sailor's boarding house.
"Adrift on the Pacific" by Edward S. Ellis
Right under that decisively modern pile is a group of rough wooden houses.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
But it seems to me you've been havin' a pretty rough house with somebody.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
That excellent Josephine sent me a rough plan of the house.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
The House of Seven Gables is very simple and easy to guess, it being simply a rough sketch of a house with seven gables.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
But bear in mind that this is a respectable joint, and if you don't stop acting rough house, I'll call a cop and have you pinched.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
In another district the students rioted and rough-housed the legislative hall when this happened.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
A famous evangelist of the rough-house type proposed to use the new apparatus for reaching distant settlements.
"Aliens" by William McFee
The house stands in a garden somewhere beyond the railway station, up a rough village street and a stretch of country road.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
And if there's any rough-housing you'll have me to deal with.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
During rough weather a tremulous vibratory motion was found to affect the whole house.
"Smeaton and Lighthouses" by John Smeaton
She looked at her torn dress and her rough hands and her bare feet, and around at the poor little shanty of a house, and chuckled.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
Maltby, after their departure, continued truculent, and having no one else to rough-house decided to rough-house me.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
Then rising suddenly, he shook himself roughly, and entered the house.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

He learned it once in his father's house,
Where the ballads of eld were sung;
And merry enough is the burden rough,
But no man knows the tongue.
"The Gravedigger" by Bliss William Carman
And aft (when driven frae house and hame
By Guy's rough sire, wha nought could move.)
She'd talk o' Gregory's ancient fame,
And weep his death in tears o' love!
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
In a rough-house Jim once lost his pay-roll,
"Let's search the big blonde!" shouted he,
Search her clothes and her hat, she stood for all that,
But she jibbed at the third degree.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
It was rough,--mighty rough;
But the boys they stood by,
And they brought him the stuff
For a house, on the sly;
And the old woman,--well, she did washing, and took on when no one
was nigh.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
At the risk of seeming silly,
I would ask you, "Where is Billy?"
Here's a crisis, here's a fight,
And he's missing. Strike a light!
Blithering blazes! Here's a mill -
Rough house stuff; and where's our Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
And when the coffin was lowered into its house of clay,
Then the friends of the deceased homewards wended their way,
Conversing on the good qualities of the good man,
Declaring that the late Ex-Provost Rough couldn't be equalled in Great Britain.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

As home prices seem poised to fall, housing industry businessmen may need a contingency plan for riding out what could be a rough stretch.
The fact that roughly a third of the Democratic House majority sits in seats with Republican underpinnings (at least at the presidential level) is almost certain to keep a liberal dream agenda from moving through Congress.
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself.
Roughly 50 Republicans, including House Speaker Kurt Zellers (left at podium) and House Majority Leader Matt Dean (right at podium) filed to run for the Minnesota House on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Aside from realizing how depressed my local housing market is, another realization was how the refinancing process has changed since the last time we refinanced roughly eight years ago.
Pilkenton is restoring a roughly 100-year-old farm house on his own property, which he recently purchased.
With the Boulder wildfire knocking on the Flagstaff House's backdoor, the restaurant's new "Tastes on the Terrace" happy hour got off to a rough start.
"The house had been vacant for 15 years, so it was in rough shape," Germain said.
City newcomers' house a diamond in the rough .
That's roughly $2 trillion more than the White House predicted in May, and it includes the costs of Obama's health-care overhaul.
Police in Reno went house to house in the middle of the night, pounding on doors and telling residents they had to evacuate as a roughly 400-acre blaze raged in rough terrain, destroyed homes and injured some people.
Can You Rough -house a Baby.
Housing prices, buyers' income roughly in sync.
The backyard rink at the Wilcox house measures roughly 40 feet by 20, and was the daily hangout for neighborhood kids.
The Senate version of the tax-cut deal brokered by the White House and Republicans earlier this week is estimated to cost roughly $860 billion.
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In science:

Spizzichino, The Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves from Rough Surfaces, Artech House Inc., 1987. 8. R. E.
The Notion of a Random Gauge and its Interpretation
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