Meaning of rough-and-tumble

rough-and-tum•ble

Pronunciation: (ruf'un-tum'bul), [key]
— adj.
  1. characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles: a rough-and-tumble fight; He led an adventuresome, rough-and-tumble life.
  2. given to such action.
—n.
  1. rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.
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