(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

rough around the edges

having a few imperfections.
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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.
On TV, the tough guys were not quite so rough around the edge, favouring more of a coiffured, woolly car die approach.
Sharon is his own age, and decidedly rough around the edges while Vera is refined but distant, and old enough to be his mother.
The Search widget is currently available for Chrome Dev version 60, the developer variant of Google Chrome , through which the company lets users experience Chrome's latest features that are still a little rough around the edges.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD The 10th arrondissement might still be a little rough around the edges but it's brimful of character.
Rough around the edges and a little un-PC, Johno apparently likes to knock heads together and assures Det Nikki Grogan he'll have the station "shipshape" in no time.
Their outdated desks made the classroom look rough around the edges, but the new ones will be one step closer to an upgraded finished look.
He was really rough around the edges back then and he kind of still is.
It certainly has a distinct look - more striking than stunning, a little rough around the edges, but with a harsh beauty that grows as the game unfolds.
I don't care if it's rough around the edges, I don't care if someone's "dirty" or "blue," but I like there to be a niceness somewhere in there.
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.
I think somebody else would tell it in a different way, but I think we told it the way Peta tells its stories, with social commentary, a lot of humor, and rough around the edges.
It's a bit rough around the edges here, but it's rare to see the police.
a bit too rough around the edges or something," the report reads.
The performance was a little rough around the edges and minutes into the play, a handwritten sign saying "seven years later" was held upside-down, causing the audience to chuckle, but this seemed to add to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the show.