Meaning of as rough as guts in English:

as rough as guts

(also rough as guts)

phrase

informal Australian, New Zealand
  • Lacking in refinement or sophistication.

    ‘the housing was rough as guts’
    • ‘I saw her two weeks ago: she was looking rough as guts.’
    • ‘It sounded unpolished and the production was a bit ropey; they always sounded rough as guts.’
    • ‘The coffee was rough as guts though, but still better than the mud they serve at our local cafes.’
    • ‘Their first album was a rough as guts lo-fi recording, but featured considerable verve and passion.’
    • ‘Sure, some of these huts were rough as guts, but that was part of the deal.’