Definition of rough noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rʌf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌf//
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    in golf
  1. 1the rough [singular] the part of a golf course where the grass is long, making it more difficult to hit the ball His second shot ended up in the rough. compare fairway See related entries: Golf
  2. drawing/design
  3. 2[countable] (specialist) the first version of a drawing or design that has been done quickly and without much detail Only the best of the roughs are shown to the editor.
  4. violent person
  5. 3[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a violent person a gang of roughs
  6. Word OriginOld English rūh, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch ruw and German rauh.Idioms (British English, slang) a person of a low social class who has a sexual relationship with somebody of a higher class (especially British English) if you write or draw something in rough, you make a first version of it, not worrying too much about mistakes or details Write it out in rough first then copy it neatly into your notebook.
    take the rough with the smooth
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    to accept the unpleasant or difficult things that happen in life as well as the good things
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rough