Definition of in the rough in English:

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in the rough

1Without decoration or other treatment; in a natural state: a diamond in the rough
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  • Those who made the effort to find the show discovered a true diamond in the rough - a show that captured everything good about improvisational comedy in a pseudo-sitcom format.
  • And so begins a tale of romance between the lowest of the low and a rich politician who must learn to love this diamond in the rough as she truly is.
  • No let us not discuss me darling, you are topic of everyone in town, and deserve it completely, for you are the brightest sun and the diamond in the rough of all the unpolished rocks that are the other jewels.
2In difficulties: even before the recession hit, the project was in the rough
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  • A group of 10 partners bought the course as a real estate investment in 1988, just in time for the regional real estate market to land in the rough.
  • The road of his thought was labyrinthine and sometimes ended in the rough of Vietnam or Richard Nixon.
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