roughhouse

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roughhouse

1. verb To engage in boisterous, rowdy physical behavior, especially in play. I don't want you two roughhousing in the living room anymore, or you could end up breaking something!
2. noun An act or instance of such play. Tom never really enjoyed roughhouse as a kid, preferring quieter activities like coloring and reading.
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roughhouse

and roughneck
1. n. a mean kid; a boisterous child, usually male. Jimmy! Stop acting like such a roughhouse.
2. in. to be boisterous. The boys broke the lamp when they were roughnecking around in the family room.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"Talk about your rough-houses," Matt murmured gleefully, standing in the doorway and looking on.
"They're goin' to have beer, an' if that Temescal bunch comes, there'll be a rough-house. I don't care, though.
"There's no use pulling off a rough-house," he counselled.
"It was just a little rough-house, that's all," said the Tottenhot.