in rough

in rough

uncommon In a preliminary, unfinished, or unpolished form. The legislation was rushed through parliament, despite the fact that it was clearly still in rough.
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in ˈrough

(especially British English) if you write or draw something in rough, you make a first version of it, not worrying too much about mistakes or details: I’ve already written the essay in rough, but I need to write it out again this evening.
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The passage of the ship during her maiden voyage from Kolkata to Mumbai, in rough weather, bears testimony to the seaworthiness of the ship.