(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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FORGET film stars and toned six-packs - women prefer their men slightly chubby and a little rough around the edges, according to a new survey.
As with any first attempt, it's a little rough around the edges in terms of photo repro, but the content shows promise: "Sometimes I can't believe how much satisfaction and good times I've gotten from a piece of wood with four wheels.
Carroll) and family soon discover that while Joseph, Albert, and Julius (Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov) are a little rough around the edges, they make much nicer houseguests than evil uncle Andre (Basil Rathbone) and conniving cousin Paul John Baer).
Though more than a little rough around the edges, Common Sense Not Required will appeal to anyone who has ever worked at an automaker or other company where the bureaucracy supplants the buyer as the final customer in the minds of middle management.
It may still be a little rough around the edges, but you enjoy a nice change of pace.
Camp'' is a little rough around the edges - Graff, the first-time director, has trouble juggling characters, resisting formula and keeping the whole thing moving forward - but its awkwardness ends up being part of its charm.