(a little/bit) rough and ready

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(a little/bit) rough and ready

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. This video is a bit rough and ready, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough and ready, 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 and ready, but they're good guys, every single one of them. Yeah, the diner is a little rough and ready, but I think that's what gives it its charm.
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rough and ready

Unrefined or makeshift but available for use or action, as in The agenda is somewhat rough and ready, but it covers the main issues. [First half of 1800s]
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rough and ready

COMMON
1. If something is rough and ready, it is simple and basic, or it is not exact, because it has been made or done quickly. We stayed the night at the town's only hostel, a rough-and-ready bar with rooms attached. I can only provide rough and ready sales predictions.
2. If someone is rough and ready, they are not polite or very educated. At first, the rough and ready sailors didn't know what to make of the young priest. He's a bit rough and ready but he knows what he's doing.
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rough and ready

1 rough or crude but effective. 2 (of a person or place) unsophisticated or unrefined.
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ˌrough and ˈready


1 simple and prepared quickly but good enough for a particular situation: I can give you a rough-and-ready estimate of the cost of the work now and a more detailed estimate later.
2 (of a person) not very polite, educated or fashionable: His approach was rather rough and ready, but he was very popular with his customers.
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rough and ready

mod. vigorous and eager. After a good night’s sleep, I feel rough and ready—I could take on a bear. My friend is the rough and ready type. I’d rather sit and think about things.
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Their outdated desks made the classroom look rough around the edges, but the new ones will be one step closer to an upgraded finished look.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.
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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.
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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.
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