Definition of rough diamond in English:

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rough diamond


1An uncut diamond.
Example sentences
  • Russia will supply 30,000 carats of rough diamonds for jewellery and 1 million carats of technical diamonds.
  • The domestic diamond industry may soon get rough diamonds directly from African countries.
  • The venture is a first for the diamond industry, where the world of diamond mining, which produces rough diamonds, and the world of jewellery retailing have historically remained very far apart.
1.1British A person who is generally of good character but lacks manners, education, or style: my grandfather was a bit of a rough diamond
More example sentences
  • Exuding coarse manners, she's every inch a rough diamond.
  • I think he is a good soul but he's a rough diamond.
  • I do not think that the defendant would object if I describe him as a rough diamond.

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