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    what means "rough around the edges"?

    the dictionary says: "If someone is rough around the edges, they haven't mastered something, though they show promise."

    But I have heart this expression in other contexts:

    1. if s.o. does not feel well, a bit frayed maybe, for example because of a hang over

    2. if s.o. is not very sophisticated, distinguished, but unpolished and without manners

    Which is the right meaning? And/Or are there difficulties in AE and BE?


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    Re: what means "rough around the edges"?

    I'm British. As far as I am concerned both of your definitions are fine and so is the one you found in the dictionary. I feel that the base meaning is unpolished/unsophisticated somehow not quite 100%.


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    Re: what means "rough around the edges"?

    in the US we generally use it to mean "unpolished"

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    Re: what means "rough around the edges"?

    When we describe someone as being "rough around the edges," it's a polite way of saying that his manners aren't as well-honed as they should be.

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    Re: what means "rough around the edges"?

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would not, personally, have used it in the context of someone who was a bit frayed or fragile as a result of a hangover.

    I would, however agree with Ouisch on the 2nd sentence.

    Hope this helps

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