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roughneck (n.)

also rough-neck, 1836, "rugged individual," from rough (adj.) + neck (n.). At first a word of the Texas frontier, later applied to labor organization toughs. Specific sense of "oil rig worker" is recorded from 1917. Compare redneck.

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Definitions of roughneck from WordNet

roughneck (n.)
a cruel and brutal fellow;
Synonyms: bully / tough / hooligan / ruffian / rowdy / yob / yobo / yobbo
From wordnet.princeton.edu