Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

diamond in the rough

diamond in the rough
Meaning(s)
1) someone/something with hidden qualities or potential
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    • he/she has a lot of hidden potential. He/she is a diamond in the rough
  • Analysis

    Someone who is described with the idiom 'a diamond in the rough' can be a person who is more talented clever or kinder than they first appeared to be. Diamonds are often unremarkable when found naturally and it is only through the process of cutting and polishing that they reveal their true beauty. Someone who is described as a diamond in the rough might need time to reveal their true talent or potential or maybe someone who is hiding hidden qualities that might later be revealed.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Brian is a rough diamond. He may seem rude at times, but if you're ever in any trouble he will be the first to help you. 
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The new employee doesn't look very impressive at the moment, but I think she's a diamond in the rough. Once she settles in here she'll be a valuable asset. 
    2. I think that company is a bit of a diamond in the rough. With the right leadership, it could become a major player in the industry. 
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