in the rough

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in the rough

chiefly US
: in an unfinished or rough state
  • He admired the beauty of nature in the rough.
  • Some of the turquoise is polished and some is in the rough.

Word by Word Definitions

rough play
  1. : marked by inequalities, ridges, or projections on the surface : coarse

  2. : covered with or made up of coarse and often shaggy hair — compare smooth, wirehaired

  3. : having a broken, uneven, or bumpy surface

  1. : roughly

  2. : without usual conveniences

  1. : uneven ground covered with high grass, brush, and stones

  2. : the rugged or disagreeable side or aspect

  3. : something in a crude, unfinished, or preliminary state

  1. : roughen

  2. : to subject to abuse : manhandle, beat

  3. : to subject to unnecessary and intentional violence in a sport


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