(a little/bit) rough around the edges

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(a little/bit) rough around the edges

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. This video is still a bit rough around the edges, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough around the edges, but it's still the most reliable vehicle I've owned.
2. Somewhat lacking in refinement, sophistication, manners, etc. The workers on the oil rig are a little bit rough around the edges, but they're damn decent chaps, every single one of them. Yeah, my local bar is rough around the edges all right, but I think that's what gives it its character and charm.
3. Somewhat sick or unwell, especially because one is suffering from a hangover. Bill: "So, I hear you had a wild night out. How you feeling this morning?" Ted: "A little rough around the edges, but not as bad as I thought I'd be.
See also: around, edge, little, rough
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Although it can get a bit rough around the edges after a hard frost, it will stay the course - with tired foliage being replaced by fresh new fronds in June.
Both looked a bit rough around the edges but seemed happy to jump into the party spirit nonetheless.
Don't go getting your hopes (among other things) up as-although this is a quality rag, it's on newsprint and a bit rough around the edges.
But CB newcomer Dmitri Kouznetsov, while a bit rough around the edges technically, best captures Oberon's hint of menace.
Lesser's Mel is messy and a bit rough around the edges, but he's a jokester, always ready for a laugh.
Tom, about the same age, is a working-class guy who's a bit rough around the edges - blunt and awkward, yet unpretentiously appealing.