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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Rough-hew


ROUGH-HEW, verb transitive ruf'-hew. [rough and hew.]

1. To hew coarsely without smoothing; as, to rough-hew timber.

2. To give the first form or shape to a thing.

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.