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big and burly

Large, strong, and imposing in size and stature. I know that Mike looks big and burly, but he's one of the gentlest people I've ever met.
See also: and, big, burly


A wild and chaotic situation. Boy, it was a real hurly burly in there once the kids started tearing into their Christmas presents.

hurly burly

A noisy confusion. To hurl is to throw, and “hurly burly” is based on the image of a mob throwing things around chaotically. The phrase appears in the opening scene of Shakespeare's Macbeth when the witches chant, “When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain? / When the hurlyburly's done, / When the battle's lost and won.”
See also: burly, hurly
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His burliness was an important protection for the rest of us, because Quinn and Kling's, the neighborhood bar where we hung out, did not include among its many endearing virtues a guarantee that there wouldn't be a fistfight or brawl on any given night.
He's not the biggest of horses, so what he lacks in burliness must be instilled in him as mental fortitude, and his physical frailties - he has what Sara calls "very bad, flat, shelly feet, carefully looked after by Paul Logue, our farrier" - must be ministered to.