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rough diamond

an unpolished diamond
an intrinsically trustworthy or good person with uncouth manners or dress
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  • And so you discovered your rough diamond yesterday, and have polished him in a day.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • He was a rough diamond—a rough sort of man in every sense of the word.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The colonel was something of a rough diamond but the soul of honor.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
  • He noticed one day at his elbow a rough diamond and a garnet on a board.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • He was a carpenter and joiner, a good tradesman and a rough diamond.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • A rough diamond, needing nothing but to be cut, polished, and set!

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • They saw no city airs; all they saw was that a rough diamond had been polished.

  • rough diamond as he was, he was truly one of nature's gentlemen.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • He was a rough diamond, yet most revered, with great kindness in his heart.

    Oliver Goldsmith E. S. Lang Buckland

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