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  • n. Alternative form of diamond in the rough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an uncut diamond; hence, colloquially, a person of intrinsic worth under a rude exterior.


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  • Your spin doctors couldnae save you, your lawyers couldnae clear you, so you're doon to this washed-up, disgraced and discredited hack you wouldnae have given the steam aff your shite three months ago, hopin 'he's gaunny be the rough diamond that turns oot to be your salvation.

    Boiling a Frog


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  • The road into which the car eventualy turned with a hoot of familiarity was quite a new road -- rather a rough diamond. - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008