"diamond in the rough"
a person or thing with exceptional qualities and potential that are not readily apparent and may require some polish and refinement to become apparent
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Well, we've seen over twenty candidates for the position. Any thoughts?
Colleague 2: There seems to be some good potential but the candidate Larry seems to be a real diamond in the rough.
Colleague 1: I agree. Larry doesn't have much in the way of social graces and his fashion style could use some work but he is extremely intelligent and understands the business like no one I have ever interviewed.
Colleague 2: OK. Let's give Larry the job and see if we can polish him into a top-notch technician.
Two friends are talking ...
Friend 1: Check out this vintage motorcycle that I bought for only fifty dollars.
Friend 2: That is a piece of junk. It is old and rusty and in really bad shape.
Friend 1: You see junk and I see a diamond in the rough. This is a classic motorcycle and when I get it all fixed up, it will be a really nice motorcycle, probably worth around five thousand dollars.
There is no gerund form for diamond in the rough.
1) ... track the progress of these guys regardless, since you never know when a diamond in the rough could emerge and it seems like the Flames snagged a few players ...
2) It's a city going somewhere, they tell Kuruc. A diamond in the rough of steel mills, abandoned factories and brown fields.
3) Part of the fun of reviewing low budget horror films is finding that diamond in the rough. It may only happen once in every ten films but when ...
4) ... has six homers in 45 games this year. And although it's still a diamond in the rough, Sierra does possess a strong throwing arm.
5) ... of great finds if you are willing to sift through merchandise in search of a diamond in the rough.
6) While in special cases some become early superstars, you can find a diamond in the rough by waiting a little.
7) Legend has it that only a person who is a "diamond in the rough" can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders.
8) ... someone to point out all the strengths and goodness in you; they see the diamond in the rough, through your rough times someone will see that diamond in you ...
9) We are thrilled with our new dog Gnocchi. He is a diamond in the rough and it makes us feel wonderful knowing that despite some of his ...
10) I did some research and found this diamond in the rough talent who never really got a legitimate shot in the NBA, ...
11) Sure, there's always a chance of losing a diamond in the rough, but the chance of getting a really good candidate is high ...
12) ... will try to dig from the bottom of the barrel to try to find a diamond in the rough, "A really good employee for cheap".
13) ... and there's definitely something special about seeing your idol growing from a diamond in the rough to a superstar.
14) ... if you just believe a score in face value, you might miss a diamond in the rough.
15) I have those feelings because I have seen the man "underneath", the diamond in the rough so to speak.
16) ... was a nice enough guy but he wasn't quite up to scratch. A diamond in the rough somebody nice said.
17) What trades will be made. What new diamond in the rough will be found by the scouts?
18) However, round after round of internal reviews and client presentations failed to reveal a diamond in the rough.
19) ... is still a diamond in the rough, but he's already shown huge ability in his limited time ...
20) ... and his scouting system is set up to concentrate on diamond in the rough players who display outstanding potential.