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prickle

Botany a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc., and containing no woody or conducting tissue
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Earlier this year while attending the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, I noticed an increasing prickliness about Japan in the local media.
In truth, I'd have thought long and hard before directing such an inquiry to a Ferguson, a Moyes, a Dalglish, a Lambert, a Strachan or anybody else in the long line of Caledonian managers who are prickliness personified if they suspect for a second that their methods are being questioned.
She gives us subtle peeks at the inner vulnerability of a character who wears her outward prickliness like porcupine armor.
Quite the contrary, each brought the right mix of prickliness or charm or an uncanny ability to handle either President Franklin D.
Might he take a modernizing path, or would he stick to the authoritarian prickliness of his earlier years as president?
Oz belongs to the next generation of Israelis, the first native-born generation, who earned the nickname Sabra, after a cactus, for their prickliness and toughness.
Franzen still blasts everything from lawn mowers to MFAs to Microsoft Word, but he rarely aims this prickliness at larger issues.
Stepp nicely develops the chemistry between Alice and Harrison, along with the prickliness of their relationship as the two go through a bit of an emotional roller-coaster with their feelings and interactions.
There was an increase in irritability, prickliness, in myself, the staff and patients.
But while the Chinese leadership's extreme prickliness in response to political criticism and dissent reflects a lack of confidence, Beijing still has a number of things working in its favor.
So the Thackerays do tend to get tiresome with their prickliness over everything, including names, while they continue to pay scant attention to their own - it is an anglicised version of Thakre, like Tagore is of is the Bengali 'Thakur') and was adopted by Bal Thackeray's father in tribute to the India-born British write William Makepeace Thackeray, whose writings he greatly admired.