What does diamond in the rough mean?


Idiom Meaning:

someone or something that has great potential


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Downton Abbey: Episode 3.7 (2012)

Time of Scene: 00:12:00

Tom Branson: My brother’s comin’ over. He’ll stay in the village.

Lady Mary Crawley: No, he won’t. He’ll stay here

Tom Branson: He’s a bit of a diamond in the rough.

Lady Mary Crawley: I’m very fond of diamonds.


Moana (2016)

Time of Scene: n/a

Tamatoa: Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough. Strut my stuff, my stuff is so shiny! Send your armies, but they’ll never be enough! My shell’s too tough. Maui, man! You can try, try, try, but you can’t expect a demigod to beat a decapod. Look it up! You will die, die, die! Now it’s time for me to take apart your aching heart.

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Aladdin (1992)

Time of Scene: 00:04:50

Cave of Wonders: Who disturbs my slumber?

Gazeem: It is I, Gazeem, a humble thief.

Cave of Wonders: Know this. Only one may enter here. One whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough.

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