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rough in

To do the initial work on something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rough" and "in." Just rough in an introduction for now and come back to it once you know exactly where your argument is going to go.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rough something in

to construct or draw something initially, temporarily, or crudely. The carpenter roughed the doorways in without consulting the plans. The carpenter roughed in the doorways without consulting the plans.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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