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adjective rough pronunciation in British English /rʌf/
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  1. 1
    with a surface that is not smooth

    The walls were built of dark rough stone.

    Hessian provides warm colour and a rough homespun texture.

    1. a.
      used about the surface of a lake, river, or sea that has a lot of waves, often because the weather is bad

      Rough seas prevented rescuers from approaching the ship.

    2. b.
      used about land and roads that are difficult to travel on

      They covered the 30 miles of rough terrain in record time.

  2. 2
    informal difficult and with a lot of problems

    I had a rough day at the office.

    a rough time:

    You’ve been through rough times, you know what it is like.

    a rough patch (=a difficult period):

    They were going through a rough patch in their relationship.

    a rough night (=a night when you cannot sleep):

    I feel terrible – I had a rough night last night.

  3. 3
    not gentle

    Don’t be so rough with her, James. She’s only a baby.

  4. 4
    a rough place is not pleasant because there is a lot of crime or violence there

    Madeline grew up in a rough neighbourhood.

    That’s a pretty rough bar.

  5. 5
    a rough drawing or piece of writing is not completely finished

    This is a rough drawing of the house I want to build.

    rough draft:

    Here is a rough draft for you to read.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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