rough work

rough work

The rough framework of a building, including framing, boxing, and sheeting.
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Tikhon, who at first did rough work, laying campfires, fetching water, flaying dead horses, and so on, soon showed a great liking and aptitude for partisan warfare.
Her ideal of happiness was to have a girl to do the rough work so that she need not herself get up before seven.
I was at incredible pains in cutting down some of the largest timber-trees, for oars and masts, wherein I was, however, much assisted by his majesty's ship-carpenters, who helped me in smoothing them, after I had done the rough work.
Paint us an angel, if you can, with a floating violet robe, and a face paled by the celestial light; paint us yet oftener a Madonna, turning her mild face upward and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory; but do not impose on us any aesthetic rules which shall banish from the region of Art those old women scraping carrots with their work-worn hands, those heavy clowns taking holiday in a dingy pot-house, those rounded backs and stupid weather-beaten faces that have bent over the spade and done the rough work of the world--those homes with their tin pans, their brown pitchers, their rough curs, and their clusters of onions.
It was rough work, give and take, if we were finished, and nothing said, and we ran niggers from every south sea island they didn't kick us off from.
Besides, it's whitened your hands and taken the rough work out of you.
He had done rough work in Central Asia, and had seen rather more help-yourself fighting than most men of his years.
Bertrand, my daughter's page, is hot to go; but in sooth he is over young for such rough work as may be before us.
The work which these men had done was rough work and it could not be accomplished by scrupulous methods; under their rule, as before, there had been much irregularity and corruption, and part of the native population had suffered much injustice and misery.
Rough work was afoot, of which he told her nothing, and she knew he was playing his part in it.
In this terrible business of being a woman so full of fine shades, of delicate perplexities (and very small rewards) you can never know what rough work you may have to do, at any moment.
In the first place he had made rough work of it; one man was killed on the spot, and two others were severely wounded.