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rough it

To live without the modern comforts and conveniences of one's home or daily life. I love going camping—roughing it for a few days is exhilarating, and it makes you appreciate your things all the more when you get back. After my landlord kicked me out, I was forced to rough it on the streets for a few days while I looked for a new place to live.
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rough it

to live without luxury; to live simply; to camp out. During the blackout, we roughed it without electricity. The campers roughed it in the remote cabin for a week.
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rough it

Do without the usual comforts and conveniences, as in We spent our vacation roughing it in a log cabin. This idiom was first recorded in 1768. Mark Twain used it as the title of an account of his experiences in Nevada ( Roughing It, 1872).
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ˈrough it

(informal) live in a way that is not very comfortable for a short time: We can sleep on the beach. I don’t mind roughing it for a night or two.
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rough it

tv. to live for a short period of time in a relatively primitive state. We went camping and had to rough it for a week.
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rough it

To live without the usual comforts and conveniences: roughed it in a small hunting shack.
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