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


    rough and tumble

    ; NAmE
    [uncountable, singular]
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  1. 1rough and tumble (of something) a situation in which people compete with each other and are aggressive in order to get what they want the rough and tumble of politics
  2. 2noisy and slightly violent behaviour when children or animals are playing together The kittens were engaged in a little rough and tumble.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: originally boxing slang.
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