(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.
See also: around, edge, rough
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rough around the edges

having a few imperfections.
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"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.
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.
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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 she went 'No, Olly, I have to tell them you're my Essex builder because you're a little bit rough around the edges'.
She was honest and a little bit rough around the edges,but harmless, a devoted mum who didn't scheme,connive or adopt any airs or graces -unlike some of her cohorts in the jungle.