• noun: an area on a golf course covered with tall grass that makes it difficult to hit the ball
  • noun: uneven ground covered with high grass, brush, and stones
  • verb: to hit (a player) very hard in a way that is not allowed by the rules
  • verb: to subject to abuse
  • adjective: having a surface that is not even
  • adjective: marked by inequalities, ridges, or projections on the surface
  • usually used with 'up'
  • synonyms: roughen, manhandle, coarse


  • He's 'having a rough time (of it)'. = He's 'going through a rough time'. [=he is having a difficult time; his life has been difficult recently]

  • The project still has a few 'rough edges'. [=the project still has a few things that need to be changed or finished]

  • Don't 'be so rough on them' [=don't punish or criticize them so harshly] for making a mistake.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Oh, come on. It could be worse. Yeah, Joy. We could be lying on a dirty floor. In a bag. Okay, I admit it. We had a rough start. - But think of all the good things that... - No, Joy. There is absolutely no reason for Riley to be happy right now. Let us handle this. (..)
    2015 Inside Out