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rough

2 noun
     
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1

the rough

DSG uneven ground with long grass on an area where people play golf [≠ green]
2

take the rough with the smooth

to accept the bad things in life as well as the good ones:
You have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.
3 [countable] a picture drawn very quickly, not showing all the details [= sketch]:
a rough of the proposed housing development
4

in rough

British English if you write or draw something in rough, you do it without paying attention to details or tidiness, because you are going to do it again later:
It's best to work in rough first, and then write it out neatly.
5

a bit of rough

British English informal someone from a lower social class than you, with whom you have a sexual relationship

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