(a little/bit) rough around the edge

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(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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Its office space, for example, "is still a bit rough around the edges, but that reflects on who we are and what we do," he said.
This is a vibrant and energetic production, but could do with a bit more polish as it is still a bit rough around the edges.
Drinkable but a bit rough around the edges. Dry and not as fruity as I'd have liked.
The Asakusa district surrounding the temple is a bit rough around the edges, and is supposedly home to some of Tokyo's more disreputable business enterprises.
Don't go getting your hopes (among other things) up as-although this is a quality rag, it's on newsprint and a bit rough around the edges. Just as we like em Send $3 for an issue.
The accompanying tracks of acoustic guitar and electric bass (both over-dubbed by Hall himself) are a bit rough around the edges, but they do lend support to the sound of his accordion and percussive step-dancing.
But CB newcomer Dmitri Kouznetsov, while a bit rough around the edges technically, best captures Oberon's hint of menace.
"I used to like blokes who were a bit rough around the edges, a bit of a project.