rough

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rough

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. rough [skin, stubble, scales, patches]
  2. rough [terrain, surface, sea]
  3. the [road, sea, terrain] is rough (here)
  4. just a rough [outline, sketch, drawing]
  5. a rough [outline] of
  6. is (too) rough on his [children, employees, students]
  7. don't be so rough on him
  8. (there are) still a few rough edges to be [smoothed out, dealt with]
  9. is a little rough around the edges
  10. finished a rough draft (of)
  11. is a rough guide to
  12. a rough (enough) [guess, estimate]
  13. is (only) a rough estimate
  14. to give you a rough idea
  15. UK: is a little rough and ready
  16. is (a little) rough around the edges
  17. rough handling of [suspects, baggage, food]
  18. sexually explicit: [loves, prefers] rough sex
  19. (he) is a rough diamond
  20. life can be rough sometimes
  21. it is going to be a rough [ride, day, show]
  22. give him a rough ride
  23. is having a rough time (in school, at work)
  24. has been a rough year for [investors, consumers, farmers]
  25. (have) had it rough
n
  1. the [ball, golf ball, shot] landed in the rough
  2. the rough [along, alongside, next to] the fairway
  3. the rough by the [fairway, green]
  4. the [stores, cars, windows] were smashed by roughs
  5. the rough and the tough
  6. you have to take the rough with the smooth
  7. the [plan, project, proposal] ended in the rough
  8. sexually explicit, slang: [she, her lover] liked a bit of (the) rough
  9. is a [true, real, genuine] diamond in the rough
v
  1. roughed out a [plan, design, shape]
  2. roughed up the [kid, store owner, client]
  3. [they, the gang] roughed him up
  4. rough him up to [make him pay, convince him to stop]
  5. [was, got] roughed up by the [gang, mob, bookie]
  6. roughed up [at school, in jail]
additional examples
  1. roughed out a [plan, design, shape]
  2. the [ball, golf ball, shot] landed in the rough
  3. rough [skin, stubble, scales, patches]
  4. roughed up the [kid, store owner, client]
  5. the rough [along, alongside, next to] the fairway
  6. rough [terrain, surface, sea]
  7. [they, the gang] roughed him up
  8. the rough by the [fairway, green]
  9. the [road, sea, terrain] is rough (here)
  10. rough him up to [make him pay, convince him to stop]
  11. the [stores, cars, windows] were smashed by roughs
  12. just a rough [outline, sketch, drawing]
  13. [was, got] roughed up by the [gang, mob, bookie]
  14. the rough and the tough
  15. a rough [outline] of
  16. roughed up [at school, in jail]
  17. you have to take the rough with the smooth
  18. is (too) rough on his [children, employees, students]
  19. the [plan, project, proposal] ended in the rough
  20. don't be so rough on him
  21. sexually explicit, slang: [she, her lover] liked a bit of (the) rough
  22. (there are) still a few rough edges to be [smoothed out, dealt with]
  23. is a [true, real, genuine] diamond in the rough
  24. is a little rough around the edges
  25. finished a rough draft (of)
  26. is a rough guide to
  27. a rough (enough) [guess, estimate]
  28. is (only) a rough estimate
  29. to give you a rough idea
  30. rough and [tumble, tough]
  31. UK: is a little rough and ready
  32. UK: a rough-and-ready [fighter, volunteer, servant]
  33. is (a little) rough around the edges
  34. rough handling of [suspects, baggage, food]
  35. sexually explicit: [loves, prefers] rough sex
  36. (he) is a rough diamond
  37. life can be rough sometimes
  38. it is going to be a rough [ride, day, show]
  39. give him a rough ride
  40. is having a rough time (in school, at work)
  41. has been a rough year for [investors, consumers, farmers]
  42. (have) had it rough
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