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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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She always seemed to be around with her dog collar and her big smile, professing to be delighted to see Huddersfield's surliest atheist skulking in the corner with his notebook.
It was the first of a trio of songs that brought a grin to the surliest of lips - When You're Smiling and The Shadow of Your Smile followed.
The multi-channel world, along with the rise of personal video recorders, means most niche tastes should now be catered for, leaving only the surliest of curmudgeons to grouse there's nothing worth watching on any given evening.
Even the surliest of teenagers could not help but be taken aback by being greeted with a cheery "How's everything, old fruit?
A dozen points inside two minutes had even the surliest pessimist planning his weekend in London.
With a potent combo of Bible-based preaching and tough-love coaching, Grant inspires even his surliest players to accept Jesus Christ as lord and savior--and, while they're at it, stop fumbling so many passes.
She was one of the rudest and surliest people I've met in this business, and as you may know--that's really saying something.
Not one of the people who surround him is forgotten either - notably trainer Tony Cruz, jockey Felix Coetzee and owners Archie and Betty da Silva - and if there is a slightly Hello-ish tendency to present the humans as paragons in their own right, not even the surliest pedant, who doesn't mind admitting he would have loved to have done this book himself, could find more than one solecism.