Diamond in the rough
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British pronunciation/dˈaɪəmənd ɪnðə ɹˈʌf/
American pronunciation/dˈaɪəmənd ɪnðə ɹˈʌf/

someone who is much nicer and friendlier than they first appear

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diamond in the rough definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "diamond in the rough" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "diamond in the rough" is uncertain, but it has been used since the 17th century to describe someone who appears ordinary or rough at first, but possesses hidden exceptional qualities or potential. This idiom can be used to describe someone who surprises others with their hidden talents, kindness, or friendly nature. This idiom is often employed in situations where one wants to convey that initial appearances can be deceiving and that there is more to someone than meets the eye.


something that has potential or is of great value, but is currently unpolished, unrefined, or in need of improvement

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Mark's rough demeanor masked a diamond in the rough, as he showed an unexpected friendliness and willingness to lend a listening ear.
Although initially reserved, Mike revealed himself to be a diamond in the rough, surprising everyone with his unwavering support and generosity.
Anna's initial aloofness faded away, revealing her as a diamond in the rough with a heart full of compassion and empathy.
The house is a diamond in the rough, and with some hard work it will be really beautiful.
Despite his gruff exterior, John turned out to be a diamond in the rough, always offering a helping hand to those in need.
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