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 Rough-shod.Rough and Ready. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rough and Ready.
 
Said to be derived from Colonel Rough, who was in the battle of Waterloo. The story says that the Duke of Wellington used to say “Rough and ready, colonel,” and the family adopted the words as their motto.   1
 


 Rough-shod.Rough and Ready. 

 
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