(a little/bit) rough around the edge

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(a little/bit) rough around the edge

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. More commonly seen with "edges." This video is still a bit rough around the edge, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough around the edge, 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 edge, but they're damn decent chaps, every single one of them. Yeah, my local bar is rough around the edge 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 edge, but not as bad as I thought I'd be."
See also: around, edge, little, rough
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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.
He was chosen because he was not your everyday politician, but a businessman that promised the American people he would help " drain the swamp." He is rough around the edges, but was elected by us to do what he said, and not be obstructed by those that don't personally like him.
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.
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 it's quite cool to see someone who's a little bit rough around the edges" "I've got demons in my head, I always want to be better than I am" "I've had to spend an awful lot of my life trying to pretend I'm not posh.
'BuyBust' is rough around the edges, but it's nevertheless a must-see, pull-no-punches production that is made grittier by its relatable imperfections and the larger-than-life characters inhabiting its crime-infested world.
Regardless, only a stone-cold heart would be unmoved by the team's sprightly final performance in front of the judges, which is suitably rough around the edges to retain a splash of plausibility.
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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. Google also collects early feedback from users to better Chrome for Android through Chrome Dev.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD The 10th arrondissement might still be a little rough around the edges but it's brimful of character.
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.