Definition of “roughneck” - English Dictionary

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“roughneck” in British English

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roughnecknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrʌf.nek/ us /ˈrʌf.nek/

a worker on an oil rig (= a large piece of equipment for getting oil from underground)

mainly US and Australian English informal a person, usually a man, who is rough and rude

(Definition of “roughneck” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)