make it rough


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Hello: In the following sentence I'm not sure about the meaning of "make it rough":

"I have a warrant for Phil's arrest. That makes him a fugitive, which could make it rough for anyone who tries to aid and abet him"

Does that mean that her warrant could make things rough for anybody etc.? Thank you
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    Most specifically, I believe, "make it rough" is an understated way of saying that anyone who "aids and abets" him will be breaking the law him/herself. "Aid and abet" is (I believe) the legal phrase for what you are not supposed to do for criminals.
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