One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A work produced in rough or preliminary form.
2Archaeology. An artefact abandoned at a preparatory stage of manufacture but having the intended final shape apparent. Compare to rough out.
Of a leather garment, boot, saddle, etc.: that has the rough or suede side outwards.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Frederick Thomas Hodgson (1836–1919). From to rough out<br>1950s; earliest use found in The Ogden Standard-Examiner. From rough + out.
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