Meaning of “diamond in the rough” in the English Dictionary

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diamond in the roughnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌdaɪə.mənd ɪn ðə ˈrʌf/ us /ˌdaɪə.mənd ɪn ðə ˈrʌf/ US UK rough diamond

Examples from literature

  • He was yet a diamond in the rough, and she would not immediately decide till she could better understand his character and prospects, so no formal engagement resulted. 

(Definition of “diamond in the rough” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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