they’re rough an’ selfish, if you like

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(para. 41,the longest paragraph) by Lawrence(the University of Adelaide,here):
They’re sacrificing nothing, they aren’t: they’re all for self. If you tell them they ought to be putting a bit by, for a home, they say: That’ll keep, that will, I’m goin’ t’ enjoy myself while I can. Owt else’ll keep! Oh, they’re rough an’ selfish, if you like. Everything falls on the older men, an’ it’s a bad outlook all round.

I guess "if you like"="if you like (to think so)".
Is that right? If not, what's the meaning of "like" here please?

Thank you in advance
 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I suppose if you like expresses lack of confidence that this is the best turn of phrase to use: you may prefer different wording. As Thomas says, the speaker may be concerned he/she could express it more diplomatically.
     
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