(a little/bit) rough around the edge

(a little/bit) rough around the edge

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. More commonly seen with "edges." This video is still a bit rough around the edge, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough around the edge, but it's still the most reliable vehicle I've owned. Geez, the dryer's looking a bit rough around the edge. I can't believe it still works.
2. Somewhat lacking in refinement, sophistication, manners, etc. The workers on the oil rig are a little bit rough around the edge, but they're damn decent chaps, every single one of them. Yeah, my local bar is rough around the edge all right, but I think that's what gives it its character and charm. Tammi is, uh, a bit rough around the edge, so I wouldn't let her talk to that important client just yet.
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 edge, but not as bad as I thought I'd be." A long night of drinking will leave you feeling more than a little rough around the edge. I gave up booze because I hated feeling rough around the edge the next morning.
See also: around, edge, little, rough
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