(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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Our dogs were a bit rough around the edges, it's true, but they were top-notch bird finders, and whatever we asked of them, they got it done.
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.
It has lost some of the hard edges which made the 2015 look a bit rough around the edges.
SHE sounds like a girl who might be a bit rough around the edges, but Victoria Common is currently undergoing a face-lift.
Yes, the customer service may be a bit rough around the edges, the cabin is full of gaudy adverts and the seats are made of squeaky fake leather.
The true hero of the film isn't the noble resistance fighter Victor Laszlo, it's Bogart's Rick - cynical, world weary, a wee bit rough around the edges.
Rooster is without question the toughest dude in the west, he's a bit rough around the edges but you know he has a good heart.
Clintonians have a reputation for being straightforward and maybe even a bit rough around the edges.
Before the boom it was too metropolitan and now it's a bit rough around the edges, but Jumeirah has maintained a consistent pace.
They were a bit rough around the edges but I knew there was an amazing band hiding behind the shyness .
This is a vibrant and energetic production, but could do with a bit more polish as it is still a bit rough around the edges.
He's generally a nice jumper, although still a bit rough around the edges - when the five-dog drew alongside him in the semi-final he tended to jump a bit high.
Ray Marshall was casting for his ambitious two-hour adaptation of the Catherine Cookson novel The Fifteen Streets and he needed someone dashing and a bit rough around the edges, but who was also something of a charmer.