rough-hewn


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rough-hewn

1. Having or being in a coarse, unpolished, or unfinished state. Though these labs employ rather rough-hewn methods and technologies, I can assure you that our results have been second to none. The performances are certainly rough-hewn, that's without a doubt, but I'd say that it actually lends credibility to the characters as being more organic and believable than if their lines had been honed to sterile perfection.
2. Somewhat lacking in refinement, sophistication, manners, etc. The workers on the oil rig are a bit rough-hewn, but they're damn decent chaps, every single one of them. I tend to head for the more rough-hewn pubs around town. I just find them more charming than their sleeker counterparts.
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I studied the graceful curves of the spillover spa, the unexpected--yet perfect--use of rough-hewn stone and the intricate the work.
Also recalling a typical English--language Canadian movie from that era is Luck's somewhat rough-hewn, desaturated look, which Wellington and his crew took pains to create.
At the end of the Scripture readings the congregation sat in darkness for a prolonged period of time until a mighty blow rang out, the sound of a hammer coming down on the rough-hewn cross that stood in front of the altar.
Violinist Curt Thompson and pianist Rodney Waters deliver energetic, confident renditions of the four sonatas; Thompson, in particular, displays an admirable sensitivity to Ives's subtle shadings of mood and a respect both for the composer's genius and for the more rough-hewn beauty of the folk material on which he drew.
I never thought this rough-hewn symphony could ever be dull, but on Monday I was proved wrong.
Johnson, the rough-hewn Texan, was an ass-backward Democrat, a liberal, the "bad" guy.
It wasn't anything that a Robert Frost or a Ralph Waldo Emerson would dash off in an inspired moment, but it did have its own rough-hewn charm, particularly fit for coach consumption.
What was once the domain of rough-hewn men who slept beneath dusty wool blankets and sifted coffee grounds through their teeth has been displaced by folks comfortable with technological gadgetry that would probably frighten the most stalwart of mountain men of days gone by.
Other bishops, priests, men and women Religious, were going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and, half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
It can be seen in the realty offices, golf courses, gambling casinos and luxury resorts springing up along the island's rough-hewn highway.
She keeps the rough-hewn cabin where she stores the harvest full to the roof.
So far no more than three-qubit, rough-hewn calculating experiments have appeared in labs.
While one might assume that a self-styled outsider such as Nader would at least cheer a significant success by any third-party candidate, Nader instead warned darkly, "There are potential voters in this country who might respond to a rough-hewn, no-nonsense candidate.
was surely a more "acceptable" candidate than the rough-hewn New York governor.
Campo was inspired to retell the story of Charles Gounod's Faust in verse form, in the language of a rough-hewn gaucho whom he named Anastasio the Chicken.