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rough diamond

Someone or something that is unrefined but has many exceptional aspects or underlying potential. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The young actor was a rough diamond. With some training, she'd become a superstar.
See also: diamond, rough

a rough diamond

mainly BRITISH or

a diamond in the rough

AMERICAN
1. If you call someone, especially a man a rough diamond, you admire their good qualities, even though they are not very polite or well-educated. Note: A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut and polished. Marden was the rough diamond of the three, feared for his ruthlessness but respected for his First World War Military Cross. I liked Neil Murphy, who is somewhat of a diamond in the rough.
2. If you call someone or something a rough diamond, you mean that they have talent or good qualities which are hidden or not well developed and could be developed more. Note: A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut and polished. British first novels are more likely to be rough diamonds, with flashes of inspiration in an imperfect whole. When I heard this lady sing, I ran to the theater, and I said, `Chick, I found myself a diamond in the rough.'
See also: diamond, rough

a rough diamond

a person who has genuinely fine qualities but uncouth manners. informal
Literally, a rough diamond is a diamond before it has been cut and polished. A North American variant of this expression is a diamond in the rough .
See also: diamond, rough

a ˌrough ˈdiamond

(British English) (American English a ˌdiamond in the ˈrough) a person who has many good qualities even though they do not seem to be very polite, educated, etc: Don’t be put off by your first impressions — he’s something of a rough diamond.
A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut or polished.
See also: diamond, rough
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Russian laws stipulate that special size rough diamonds over 10.
Dubai: Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) signed a partnership deal with Stargems, a company specialising in the sourcing and supply of diamonds, to host a series of rough diamond tenders in 2018.
In February 2016, de Grisogono's strategic partner, Nemesis International acquired a 404-carat rough diamond, later termed '4 de Fevereiro' of exceptional quality from the Lulo Mine in Angola which is run by the listed Australian mining company, Lucapa Diamond Company.
Given the key global importance of this market, the bank is positioned to become a pivotal player in the rough diamonds market.
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According to the Russian ore reserves classification system, reserves of rough diamonds at Botuobinskaya totaled 93.
India has traditionally relied on the middlemen in trading hubs of Antwerp Tel Aviv and Dubai for its supply of rough diamonds which mainly come from Russia or Africa.
Botswana's rough diamonds are mostly exported to the US, Europe and Japan.
Trading in rough diamonds increased by 8% year-on-year in 2013 and that in polished diamonds by 4%.
During the visit, the parties primarily discussed the major opportunities De Beers' first ever 'sight' (sale) in Gaborone, Botswana, will present to the DDE and Dubai as a distribution and trading centre for rough diamonds.
the legislative field and the terms of purchase of rough diamonds from Russia, specifically, reduction or removal of the customs duties
DORTMUND coach Jurgen Klopp is convinced his rough diamonds will outshine Bayern Munich's superstars tonight.
Panama has been admitted to the Kimberley Process for certification of rough diamonds so that they can be marketed from its territory, which will enable the creation of a Diamond Exchange, reports Laestrella.
Washington -- Participants in an international group that certifies that rough diamonds are free from conflict are expected to update the definition of "conflict diamond" during the group's four-day annual meeting in Washington this week.