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rough diamond

Someone or something that is unrefined but has many exceptional aspects or underlying potential. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The young actor was a rough diamond. With some training, she'd become a superstar.
See also: diamond, rough

a rough diamond

mainly BRITISH or

a diamond in the rough

1. If you call someone, especially a man a rough diamond, you admire their good qualities, even though they are not very polite or well-educated. Note: A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut and polished. Marden was the rough diamond of the three, feared for his ruthlessness but respected for his First World War Military Cross. I liked Neil Murphy, who is somewhat of a diamond in the rough.
2. If you call someone or something a rough diamond, you mean that they have talent or good qualities which are hidden or not well developed and could be developed more. Note: A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut and polished. British first novels are more likely to be rough diamonds, with flashes of inspiration in an imperfect whole. When I heard this lady sing, I ran to the theater, and I said, `Chick, I found myself a diamond in the rough.'
See also: diamond, rough

a rough diamond

a person who has genuinely fine qualities but uncouth manners. informal
Literally, a rough diamond is a diamond before it has been cut and polished. A North American variant of this expression is a diamond in the rough .
See also: diamond, rough

a ˌrough ˈdiamond

(British English) (American English a ˌdiamond in the ˈrough) a person who has many good qualities even though they do not seem to be very polite, educated, etc: Don’t be put off by your first impressions — he’s something of a rough diamond.
A rough diamond is a diamond that has not yet been cut or polished.
See also: diamond, rough

diamond in the rough, a

An individual of intrinsic merit but uncultivated manners. The simile comes from mining, where the uncut, unpolished diamond resembles a hunk of worthless rock but may, after processing, be both beautiful and very valuable. John Fletcher’s 1624 play, AWife for a Month, has it, “She is very honest, and will be hard to cut as a rough diamond” (4.2).
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India is looking to build a special notified zone where companies can import rough diamonds on a consignment basis and re-export unsold ones mirroring China's investor-friendly trading zones that avoid complicated export and import taxes.
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He further noted that DTCB was the world's largest and most sophisticated rough diamond sorting and valuing operation with the capacity to sort 45 million carats a year; hence aspirations of growth were not misguided.
The rough diamond was purchased, through a competitive tender organised by Petra Diamonds Ltd.
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The company chairman and chief executive officer, Robert A Gannicott, said, 'We began this quarter with a rough diamond market that could see no bottom and retail sales effectively stalled.
High inventory levels and low liquidity have combined to impact on wholesale clients' ability to purchase new rough diamond supplies, and Namdeb and De Beers Marine Namibia will take immediate steps to reduce production for the remainder of 2008 and early 2009 in line with prevailing demand," Hilifa Mbako, spokesman for Namdeb, said.
ROUGH DIAMOND, the BBC's six-part Sunday evening racing drama, received a welcome boost at the weekend when the final episode was watched by 3.
De Beers, the world's biggest diamond producer, has posted an eight per cent rise in first-half rough diamond sales helped by higher prices and buoyant demand.
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Following interrogations at the Passengers Investigation Office at Dubai Customs Airports Operations, he admitted his bid to smuggle the rough diamond, later found amounting to 700g.