(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.
"When he first came into the team he was not totally composed in possession, he looked a bit rough around the edges in terms of his distribution and passing.
"It's not like I booked the room expecting the Ritz - we knew it was going to be a little bit rough around the edges, but at the very least you expect some basic level of cleanliness.
Yes it's a bit rough around the edges in parts, but plenty of places are like that.
And it's quite cool to see someone who's a little bit rough around the edges" Actress Florence Pugh on her role in a new TV thriller, The Little Drummer Girl "I've got demons in my head, I always want to be better than I am" Strictly Come Dancing star and Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman "I've had to spend an awful lot of my life trying to pretend I'm not posh.
And it's quite cool to see someone who's a little bit rough around the edges" - Actress Florence Pugh on her role in a new TV thriller, The Little Drummer Girl.
And it's quite cool to see someone who's a little bit rough around the edges" "I've got demons in my head, I always want to be better than I am" "I've had to spend an awful lot of my life trying to pretend I'm not posh.
Granted it's a bit rough around the edges, but that's why it holds so much character, as soon as you mention 'The Connie' to someone from the North West, they instantly know where you mean.
A bit rough around the edges and sometimes brashly naive, Larry's enthusiasm leads to successes and setbacks while broadening his intellectual and actual world.
Our dogs were a bit rough around the edges, it's true, but they were top-notch bird finders, and whatever we asked of them, they got it done.
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.
The true hero of the film isn't the noble resistance fighter Victor Laszlo, it's Bogart's Rick - cynical, world weary, a wee bit rough around the edges.