Definition of (as) rough as guts in English:

(as) rough as guts

phrase

Australian, NZ
informal
  • Lacking in refinement or sophistication:

    ‘the housing was rough as guts’
    • ‘Sure, some of these huts were rough as guts, but that was part of the deal.’
    • ‘Their first album was a rough as guts lo-fi recording, but featured considerable verve and passion.’
    • ‘I saw her two weeks ago: she was looking rough as guts.’
    • ‘The coffee was rough as guts though, but still better than the mud they serve at our local cafes.’
    • ‘It sounded unpolished and the production was a bit ropey; they always sounded rough as guts.’