roughneck

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

rough +‎ neck

Noun[edit]

roughneck (plural roughnecks)

  1. Any labourer on an oil rig
  2. A rowdy or uncouth person

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Verb[edit]

roughneck (third-person singular simple present roughnecks, present participle roughnecking, simple past and past participle roughnecked)

  1. To work as a laborer on an oil rig
    • 2009 January 13, Michael Brick, “Racing's Last Frontier”:
      There was a time not long ago when this region appeared as some enduring mystification, its citizenry best known for roughnecking on the North Slope []