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English definition of “rough”


adjective [-er/-est only] (DIFFICULT)   /rʌf/
difficult or unpleasant: She’s had a rough year – she lost her job, then her father died.
(Definition of rough adjective (DIFFICULT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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