diamond in the rough

noun phrase

: one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement or polish

Examples of diamond in the rough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Could there be another diamond in the rough in 2024-25? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2024 Alvi, who declined to quantify the size of his firm’s stake, believes Roblox is a diamond in the rough that sits at the intersection of social media, gaming and commerce. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2023 More From House Beautiful As if finding an artistic diamond in the rough isn't exciting enough, this painting is poised to be worth some serious coin; Bonhams Skinner is putting the piece up for auction on September 19, where it is estimated to sell for as much as $250,000. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 6 Sep. 2023 Runyan has been a diamond in the rough for Gutekunst, and certainly won’t break the bank in free agency. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 17 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diamond in the rough was in 1785

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“Diamond in the rough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diamond%20in%20the%20rough. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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