One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is generally of good character but lacks manners, education, or style.British term rough diamond
- ‘The Chiefs feel second-year man Mark Word, an undrafted free agent who was active for just six games last year, could be another diamond in the rough.’
- ‘He got burned by a woman who couldn't see that he was a diamond in the rough.’
- ‘Moreland, signed as an undrafted free agent, could be a diamond in the rough.’
- ‘He is a diamond in the rough who showed flashes last year with the Browns.’
- ‘In his perennial search for diamonds in the rough, GM Jerry West brought in three second round picks.’
- ‘The team has brought in a lot of veteran pitching, hoping to find that one diamond in the rough.’
- ‘He may even be this year's NBA diamond in the rough.’
- ‘Louie is presented as a raw hero, a diamond in the rough.’
- ‘Don't get me wrong here, all my friends have nice pretty wives who are in fact American, but these women appear to be diamonds in the rough.’
- ‘"He's a real diamond in the rough."’
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