un·pol·ished | \ˌən-ˈpä-lisht \

Definition of unpolished 

: not polished unpolished gemstones a talented but unpolished performer an unpolished rough draft

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What doesn't: The line deliveries of its untrained cast feel unpolished at times. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'The Rider' movie review: Tiny drama offers what most blockbusters can't," 23 May 2018 Service: Charming and welcoming, if a little unpolished. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Giada De Laurentiis' new restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore serves up appealing flavors," 28 June 2018 But on the other, the Mansfield native is everything the country did want – a regular, unpolished guy who looks out for the underdog. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Why Sherrod Brown could be Democrats' best hope for defeating Donald Trump," 6 July 2018 But there are many who look at the NBA’s farm system as a pool of unpolished gems. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Draft prospect Maverick Rowan hopes G League experience will pay off," 13 June 2018 Rematches: In 2014, Nevada politics watchers were shocked when Democratic congressman Steven Horsford, a rising political star, lost his outer Las Vegas area district to an unpolished newcomer, Republican Cresent Hardy. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Winners and Losers: Trump is the big winner in Tuesday’s primaries," 13 June 2018 The lasers whirling above the dancers’ heads — more fit for Allstate Arena than the Athenaeum Theatre — were equally unpolished, seeming to turn on and off willy-nilly. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Tap Theatre’s fun diva spectacle needs rehearsal, and maybe a diva," 24 June 2018 Until Bamba proves otherwise, questions will linger over his unpolished offensive game and drive and willingness to clash in the post. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Orlando-bound: Magic select former Texas star Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft," 21 June 2018 Until Bamba proves otherwise, questions will linger over his unpolished offensive game and drive and willingness to clash in the post. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Magic select UT's Mo Bamba with No. 6 pick in NBA Draft," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unpolished

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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