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Meaning of “rough-hewn” in the English Dictionary

"rough-hewn" in British English

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rough-hewnadjective

uk   us   /ˌrʌfˈhjuːn/
A rough-hewn ​material, such as ​wood or ​stone, has been ​shaped, but not given a ​smoothsurface. If someone's ​character or ​behaviour is rough-hewn, they do not ​seem very ​polite: She's an ​experiencedpolitician with a rough-hewn ​style.
(Definition of rough-hewn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rough-hewn" in American English

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rough-hewnadjective

 /ˈrʌfˈhjun/
  • rough-hewn adjective (OBJECT)

looking not ​finished or not ​smooth: The ​studentssang on a rough-hewn ​stage.
  • rough-hewn adjective (PERSON)

not very ​polite and having a ​lack of ​grace and ​style: The ​hero in the ​film is a rough-hewn ​detective.
(Definition of rough-hewn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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