diamond in the rough

noun phrase

Definition of diamond in the rough

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

First Known Use of diamond in the rough

1785, in the meaning defined above

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diamond in the rough

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diamond in the rough

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: a person who has talent or other good qualities but who is not polite, educated, socially skilled, etc.
: something that is in poor condition but that is likely to become valuable with appropriate care or attention

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