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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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Surliness has become an occupational hazard of the England captaincy, and the trait has not always endeared recent incumbents to opponents or improved their images abroad.
Cleg as a woman still trying to pretend she has some kind of satisfying family life despite her errant husband's surliness; her Yvonne is trashy, vulgar, graceless and totally without morals, in the latter scenes injecting that same brassy sexuality into Mrs.
But unfortunately a good number of Travel West Midlands drivers display a proletarian surliness more appropriate to a jumped-up jobsworth in a backward region of the former Soviet Union.
It's been 10 years since Westerners first hit the city and any traces of the old Iron Curtain surliness have vanished.
"You said the good times were going to last forever," Bats complains with typical surliness. "I thought we'd be dead by now," Bobby responds.
Sir, - Mr Dennis D Malpass (Post, Sept 21) notes the shambles known as Birmingham International station and airport and the surliness and obfuscation of management and employees.
Later on though, Emily's patronising, if well-meaning, attitude of EXPLAINING to Michael what his problems were and then EXPECTING him to change, became so irritating that Michael's surliness and lack of co-operation became positively heroic.
Slouching morosely about the room, barely able to keep his lolling head erect, and only finding the energy for enunciation when he's speaking in faux-posh tones -- an amusing mannerism Rogers does to death -- this Jimmy Porter seems to have mockingly surrendered himself to the tyranny of the sweet stall; his is more a look back in languid surliness.
Dubbed""The Most Hated Man in Tennis" recently by Sports Illustrated magazine, Rios has turned surliness into an art form and his hostility is not reserved solely for the media he is also a master at denigrating his fellow-professionals.
He also has a way with sarcastic repartee and with his cast, especially Baldwin, whose appealing perf manages a nice balance between surliness and sympathy.
Cubans are delighted to see foreigners - unlike some Caribbean islands where surliness is the norm.
Caincross' lead performance seldom rises above the level of a good try, but he has some funny moments as Wally alternates between foul-mouthed surliness (while dealing with gangsters) and honey-tongued sweetness (while playing with his dog).