(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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However, Jackson still seems a little rough around the edges and his final ball or his decision making can at times let the youngster down.
The quip that his second touch is usually a tackle quickly gained traction and he certainly seemed a little rough around the edges.
THE STORY: New York City PI Leonid McGill can't be blamed for feeling that his life is a little rough around the edges.
The first-night jitters came through and the performance was a little rough around the edges, with some of the actors forgetting their lines.
It will appeal to buyers of both persuasions because despite being more than a little rough around the edges, the little Suzuki has character and real ability, which is rare in cars costing twice as much.
Upriver, the river bank is a little rough around the edges - but the EWEB parcel is no beauty queen in its current state.
Some of the avatars look a little rough around the edges, and you only have the option of signing in via your Facebook account, but it's nevertheless a fun app that will appeal to younger users.
Put simply they were good value but a little rough around the edges and lacked in terms of quality, sophistication and overall refinement.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion arrived at the press conference looking a little rough around the edges coming from an overnight flight without sleep but the 32-year old managed to put her Serena face on and handled a couple of hard hitting questions.
Maybe it's a little rough around the edges but, at night, this room is transformed into both castle and cathedral - and everybody, always, has a good show.
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.
It will appeal to buyers of both persuasions because, despite being more than a little rough around the edges, the little Suzuki has character and real ability, which is rare in cars costing twice as much.
Embraced by workers everywhere, Dickies is defined by the people who wear our apparel-independent, no nonsense and a little rough around the edges.
The racing may be a little rough around the edges, but you really have to marvel at what the developers have managed do here.
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