diamond in the rough

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diamond in the rough

Also, a rough diamond. A person of exceptional character or potential but lacking polish and refinement. For example, Jack is intelligent and trustworthy but lacks mannershe's a diamond in the rough. [Early 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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