rough-and-tumble
I. noun Date: 1792 rough disorderly unrestrained fighting or struggling; also infighting II. adjective Date: 1832 1. marked by rough-and-tumble <
grew up in a rough-and-tumble atmosphere — E. J. Kahn
>
; also rough-and-ready 2. put together haphazardly ; makeshift <
a rough-and-tumble fence
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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