pugnacious


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tough and callous by virtue of experience

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ready and able to resort to force or violence

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He was a powerfully-built man, as I have said, with a fine forehead and rather heavy features; but his eyes had that odd drooping of the skin above the lids which often comes with advancing years, and the fall of his heavy mouth at the corners gave him an expression of pugnacious resolution.
They are jealous, too, of their territories, and extremely pugnacious, never permitting a strange beaver to enter their premises, and often fighting with such virulence as almost to tear each other to pieces.
These, in general, are animals of peaceful demeanor, grazing quietly like domestic cattle; but this was the season when they are in heat, and when the bulls are usually fierce and pugnacious. There was accordingly a universal restlessness and commotion throughout the plain; and the amorous herds gave utterance to their feelings in low bellowings that resounded like distant thunder.
And that night we slept in our own little cave high up on the cliff, though first we had to evict a couple of pugnacious youngsters who had taken possession.
As he made the demand he spat out a mouthful of blood and teeth and shoved his pugnacious face close to Oofty-Oofty.
"Oh, just for a week or so," he answered lightly, "and as to regaining possession of it," he went on, a slightly pugnacious instinct stirring him, "I don't imagine that there'll be any difficulty about that."
In Beethoven's early B-flat Sonata Sokolov never lost sight of the Mozartean clarity the pugnacious young man still revered.
At the time, the pugnacious boxer was stationed in South Wales, where he was part of an elite US army parachute force.
The England coach is an admirer of Emile Heskey, although Smith could offer a far more pugnacious approach with just as much versatility and a clinical scoring touch.
And he showed that he has lost none of his trademark pugnacious style as he took a swipe at Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
The pugnacious, pony-tailed midfielder has had a chequered career at Highbury.
STEVE Pettit has set his sights on a British title shot - once he has settled an old score with the pugnacious Nigel Rafferty.
Which Sunday Times writer called the Welsh ``ugly, pugnacious little trolls''?
"There was a point in the mid 90s when the Inspirals couldn't get arrested - but we were always a pugnacious band and I think if someone offered a hundred grand we wouldn't get back together for a gig.
And he showed he's lost none of his pugnacious style as he took a swipe at Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, accusing him of recycling Thatcherism.