(a little/bit) rough around the edges

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(a little/bit) rough around the edges

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. This video is still a bit rough around the edges, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough around the edges, 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 edges, but they're damn decent chaps, every single one of them. Yeah, my local bar is rough around the edges 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 edges, but not as bad as I thought I'd be."
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rough around the edges

1. If something is rough around the edges, it is mostly good, but not completely perfect. It's rough around the edges, perhaps, but this frank and funny film establishes Harris as a talent to watch. The house was a bit rough around the edges but it was fine for us.
2. If a person is rough around the edges, they have some negative qualities, such as not being stylish, polite or well-educated. He's a bit rough around the edges but he's wonderful with kids.
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rough around the edges

having a few imperfections.
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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.
I had feared the place would be a bit too exclusive for someone like myself, who is perhaps a bit rough around the edges.
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.
It's a bit rough around the edges here, but it's rare to see the police.
Yes, the customer service may be a bit rough around the edges, the cabin is full of gaudy adverts and the seats are made of squeaky fake leather.
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.
Rooster is without question the toughest dude in the west, he's a bit rough around the edges but you know he has a good heart.
Clintonians have a reputation for being straightforward and maybe even a bit rough around the edges.
Before the boom it was too metropolitan and now it's a bit rough around the edges, but Jumeirah has maintained a consistent pace.
They were a bit rough around the edges but I knew there was an amazing band hiding behind the shyness .
He's generally a nice jumper, although still a bit rough around the edges - when the five-dog drew alongside him in the semi-final he tended to jump a bit high.
Celestial Sphere is a bit rough around the edges, and it leaves me hoping that a second printing will include corrections and clarifications.