rough (something) out


rough (something) out
rough (something) out 1. to make a first plan for an activity.

Tyler started to rough out a list of schools she might want to attend.

2. to create something in its approximate, but not finished, form.

We watched as a carver began to work on the block of stone, roughing the sculpture out.


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  • rough something out — DRAFT, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up; formal adumbrate. → rough * * * ˌrough sthˈout derived to draw or write sth without including all the details • I ve roughed out a few ideas. Main entry: ↑rough …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough something out — we roughed out a few drawings of the monument Syn: draft, sketch out, outline, block out, mock up …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rough sth out — UK US rough sth out Phrasal Verb with rough({{}}/rʌf/ verb ► to draw or write something simply and without details: »The architect roughed out the house plans …   Financial and business terms

  • map something out — OUTLINE, set out, lay out, sketch out, trace out, rough out, block out, delineate, detail, draw up, formulate, work out, frame, draft, plan, plot out, arrange, design, programme. → map * * * plan a route or course of action in detail I mapped out …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay something out — 1 Robyn laid the plans out on the desk: SPREAD OUT, set out, display, exhibit. 2 a paper laying out our priorities: OUTLINE, sketch out, rough out, detail, draw up …   Useful english dictionary

  • block something out — 1 trees blocked out the light: CONCEAL, keep out, blot out, exclude, obliterate, blank out, stop. 2 block out an area in charcoal: ROUGH OUT, sketch out …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough out — verb prepare in preliminary or sketchy form (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑rough in, ↑rough • Hypernyms: ↑prepare • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough — 1. adjective 1) rough ground Syn: uneven, irregular, bumpy, lumpy, knobbly, stony, rocky, rugged, rutted, pitted, rutty Ant: smooth, flat 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • Rough for Radio II — is a radio play by Samuel Beckett. It was written in French in 1961 as Pochade radiophonique and published in Minuit 16, November 1975. Beckett translated the work into English shortly before its broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 13th April 1976.… …   Wikipedia

  • rough — 1 /rVf/ adjective 1 NOT SMOOTH having an uneven surface: Her hands were rough from hard work. | A rough track led to the farm. | rough grass opposite smooth 1 (1) 2 NOT EXACT not exact or not containing many details approximate: This is just a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English