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."
See also: around, edge, little, rough

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.
See also: around, edge, rough
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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.
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THEY'RE rough around the edges but this is clean-cut and fun.
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Tacked to the wall and literally rough around the edges, these objects, which hovered somewhere between painting and sculpture, reiterated Pop and Minimalism's shared seriality and mimicry of mass-production techniques--though in what seemed a deliberately downgraded, off-kilter way, like Xerox copies several generations removed from their originals.
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Though more than a little rough around the edges, Common Sense Not Required will appeal to anyone who has ever worked at an automaker or other company where the bureaucracy supplants the buyer as the final customer in the minds of middle management.