Diamond in the rough

Posted by David FG on January 26, 2005

In Reply to: Diamond in the rough posted by Mark Kelly on January 26, 2005

: Hoping someone might tell me if the phrase "diamond in the rough" is better suited for use as a replacement for "rare" or "uncommon", or it is more fitting if used to describe someone not neccesarily uncommon, just unpolised???

Well, I would use the phrase 'rough diamond' which I assume means the same thing, to mean 'unpolished but having good qualities'.