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Most commonly known as a member of the crew of an oil rig other than the driller. It can also mean cruel and brutal person.
Toby Keith used to be a roughneck, his father was also one.
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A person who preforms manual labor in the oilfields, typically in a drilling capacity. Can be onshore or offshore. Personnel who work in the oilfields but are not involved with drilling are not true roughnecks. Roughnecks are know for their perverted sense of humor, frequent cussing, high pay, and as being some of the hardest working folks you'll ever know. Roughnecks can be oilfield-trash but not all of them are.
Look at those Roughnecks over yonder trippin' that string. Look at those boys go!
by westtexaswildcatter January 08, 2012
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a hoodlum, a streetwise toughguy, typically from a heavily industrialized area. Roughnecks usually have a chip on their shoulder the size of Arkansas.
Those Pawtucket Roughnecks are always looking for a fight.
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n. a construction worker, driller, miner, or roofer, from working outside in the sun, and because they often fit the definition given above.
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a guy, often one who has done time in prison, who is confident of his fighting skills and has been through hard times
I like them rough neck thugged, out guys.
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An uncouth, low IQ, blue-collar worker making more money than the average starting physician, lawyer, or engineer, yet nothing to show for it, unless it's a monster truck or double-wide trailer because they spend most of their money on booze and women. Most of them live on the Texas or Louisiana coast and Alaska's Mat-Su Valley when they aren't working. Roughneck women that work in those oilfield environments often have a chip on their shoulder and distrust or dislike of men that are kind, intelligent, or courteous.
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one who is likeing unto a thug or of thuggish who is most likely to be associated with organized crime, he could be in a gang but not always in a gang.
gang affliated characters in the movie "Boys in da Hood"
by Quincey Arrington February 25, 2005
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