(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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The musician, who this week released side project album Tired Pony, says the recording process allowed him to leave things a bit rough around the edge.
On TV, the tough guys were not quite so rough around the edge, favouring more of a coiffured, woolly car die approach.
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.
This latest effort is very rough around the edges, but it's nevertheless a relief to discover that Japanese developer Yuke have finally turned things round with this year's outing.
It has lost some of the hard edges which made the 2015 look a bit rough around the edges.
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.
It's a bit rough around the edges here, but it's rare to see the police.
One is done, the other is rough around the edges and being edited.
GLAMOROUS Rita Ora shows how there's no longer any excuse for looking rough around the edges after a late night.
The Frozen Scream is rough around the edges but it is a lot tighter than it was when I first saw it in Cardiff - the Hippodrome is co-producing it with the Wales Millennium Centre.
All seem to be having a ball and, while some of the effects look agreeably rough around the edges, it's as if the film-makers realised our need to have some out-of-this-world fun is worth more than po-faced perfection.
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.
I think he's probably the most truthful, real person you could ever wish to meet--maybe a bit too rough around the edges for some, but he's never afraid to credit God with standing by him in every decision he's ever made.
The performance was a little rough around the edges and minutes into the play, a handwritten sign saying "seven years later" was held upside-down, causing the audience to chuckle, but this seemed to add to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the show.
This is ok; itEeAufs not meant to be a proud cool cake, itEeAufs meant to be slightly rough around the edges and home-made, and the creme fraiche and berries will hide any dips and cracks