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English definition of “rough”

rough

adjective     /rʌf/
fairly correct but not exact or detailed: The $51 million is a rough estimate. These are very rough figures which will help us to plan for the future.
not completely finished: He gave me a rough draft of the presentation.
difficult or unpleasant: Small stores are having a very rough time . Subprime lending on private markets is in for a rough ride.
(Definition of rough adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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