Meaning of “rough and tumble” in the English Dictionary

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"rough and tumble" in British English

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rough and tumble

fighting between children that is not serious:

It was just a bit of rough and tumble.

a busy activity that people do in a very forceful way:

She enjoys the rough and tumble of politics.

(Definition of “rough and tumble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rough-and-tumble" in American English

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rough-and-tumbleadjective

us /ˈrʌf ən ˈtʌm·bəl/

very competitive and failing to pay attention to rules:

rough-and-tumble politics

(Definition of “rough-and-tumble” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)