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,
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)