(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."
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rough around the edges

1. If something is rough around the edges, it is mostly good, but not completely perfect. It's rough around the edges, perhaps, but this frank and funny film establishes Harris as a talent to watch. The house was a bit rough around the edges but it was fine for us.
2. If a person is rough around the edges, they have some negative qualities, such as not being stylish, polite or well-educated. He's a bit rough around the edges but he's wonderful with kids.
See also: around, edge, rough

rough around the edges

having a few imperfections.
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The former England captain, who retired from cricket in 2009, looked nervous and more than a little rough around the edges, but dominated the fight by rushing the American.
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