rough´-hew´er

rough´-hew´er
rough-hew «RUHF HYOO», transitive verb, -hewed, -hewed or -hewn, -hew|ing.
1. to hew (timber, stone, or other material) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
2. to shape roughly; give crude form to: »

Figurative. There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will (Shakespeare).

rough´-hew´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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