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English definition of “roughneck”

roughneck

noun [C]     /ˈrʌf.nek/
a worker on an oil rig (= a large piece of equipment for getting oil from underground)Kinds of menMen and women mainly US and Australian English informal a person, usually a man, who is rough and rudeUnpleasant menUnpleasant people in general
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