English phrase of the day: Rough around the edges

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Hi students! Our phrase of the day comes from a dance competition I was watching. One of the dancers said that she and her partner had practiced the choreography a lot (choreography is the sequence of movements in a dance) but she felt like the dance routine was still rough around the edges.

Something that is rough around the edges is mostly good, but not completely perfect. It is acceptable, but it still has a few minor flaws. We usually use it for objects – for example, if you’re trying to make your own clothing, your very first attempt at making a shirt might be rough around the edges because you don’t yet have all the skills to make it perfect – as well as projects and performances. It’s occasionally used for people, to describe a person who has some negative qualities such as lacking manners or style.

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Thanks for watching and I hope you have a great day!

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