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difficult to deal with

of timber

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The little beast, cowardly and cross-grained, as pet-dogs usually are, looked up at him sharply, shrank away from his outstretched hand, whined, shivered, and hid itself under a sofa.
As he opened the door the cross-grained greyhound poked out her sharp muzzle from under the sofa, and barked and snapped at him.
But notwithstanding these precedents to the contrary, Gabriel Grub was an ill-conditioned, cross-grained, surly fellow--a morose and lonely man, who consorted with nobody but himself, and an old wicker bottle which fitted into his large deep waistcoat pocket--and who eyed each merry face, as it passed him by, with such a deep scowl of malice and ill-humour, as it was difficult to meet without feeling something the worse for.
Viet Thanh Nguyen's cross-grained protagonist exposes the hidden costs in both countries of America's tragic Asian misadventure.
Dance Floor Substrate Core: Consists of an ultra-lightweight honeycomb inner cell encased by cross-grained multi-ply skins, crush resistant up to 133 PSI.
The resulting portrait-quirky, cross-grained and inclusive-deconstructs the simplistic black/white opposition Lourie had envisioned before spending time in the Delta.
Hugh MacDiarmid, the great Scots poet, reckoned that his drinkers (and he was referring here to the morose boozers of Glasgow) preferred "the hard-bitten, the recalcitrant, the sarcastic, the saturnine, the cross-grained and the cankered" to the sort of confiding, intimate, ingratiating, hail-fellow-well-met drinkers found in the rest of the British Isles.
When he had stopped smiling, a cross-grained reader--like this reviewer--might nonetheless suspect such cheerful defiance of convention of concealing a certain unevenness of texture, and the cross-grained reader would, alas, be right.
half have no love of the game he loved, but all loved him, that cross-grained, rare man whose sending off's brought them to fill this place for one last time and holds them still.