Meaning of roughneck

rough•neck

Pronunciation: (ruf'nek"), [key]
— n.
  1. a rough, coarse person; a tough.
  2. any laborer working on an oil-drilling rig. Cf.(def. 4).
—v.i.
  1. to work as a roughneck.
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