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Re: "rough customer" and "smooth customer"

Posted by ESC on January 18, 2007

In Reply to: "Rough customer" and "smooth customer" posted by Yuri on January 18, 2007


: question: Dear experts,

: Could you comment on the meaning of the expressions "rough customer" and "smooth customer" - they are not antonymous in meaning, are they?

: Thank you,
: Yuri

I have heard the first (in my part of the United States). "He's a rough customer." Meaning he is a bad guy, unsavory. I've never heard "smooth customer." I have heard "smooth operator." Meaning: 4 : excessively and often artfully suave : INGRATIATING. (Merriam-Webster)