rough-and-ready definition by Webster's New World
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- rough, or crude, rude, unpolished, etc., but effective enough: rough-and-ready methods
- characterized by rough vigor and prompt action rather than refinement, formality, or nicety: a rough-and-ready fellow
rough-and-ready definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Rough or crude but effective for a purpose or use.
rough-and-ready - Phrases/Idioms
Unrefined or makeshift but available for use or action, as in The agenda is somewhat rough and ready, but it covers the main issues. [First half of 1800s]