Pronunciation: (ruf'un-tum'bul), [key]
1. characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles: a rough-and-tumble fight; He led an adventuresome, rough-and-tumble life.
2. given to such action.
rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc.
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