rough-and-tumble


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rough and tumble

Rowdy, disorderly, and boisterous; marked by scuffles or infighting. An allusion to a boxing match in which there are no rules. Sometimes hyphenated when used before a noun. The kids started getting a bit too rough and tumble when their cousin Jake came over. It's healthy for them to have a bit of rough-and-tumble play, so long as they make time for quiet play, as well.
See also: and, rough, tumble

rough-and-tumble

 and rough-and-ready
disorderly; aggressive. That was a rough-and-tumble football game. George is too rough-and-ready for me. He doesn't know how to act around civilized people.
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Rough-and-tumble behaviours are considered to be play behaviour (Pellegrini & Smith, 1998; Reed & Brown, 2000) and yet are also at times referred to as non-play behaviour.
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Although this preference for quietness and harmony is reinforced at every stage of life, it does not preclude children's rough-and-tumble play.
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(LCW) formed their advertising agency two years ago, they weren't strangers to each other or the rough-and-tumble world of advertising.
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While some people find rough-and-tumble sex a real turn on, others have every right to say no to it.
Parks are places for fun and no-one wants to deny youngsters the rough-and-tumble of growing up.
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