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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.
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A wild and chaotic situation. Boy, it was a real hurly burly in there once the kids started tearing into their Christmas presents.
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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.”
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The slender sole, breadcrumbed and flash-fried was a crisp intro to the burlier, meaty-moist cod in traditional batter and a float-away, tempura battered salmon that was terrific.
Let's say that he represents the burlier type of golfer (official records put him at 16st 7lb) and there's quite a large section of the community still prepared to admire a man more for his golf than the number, the size and the positioning of his muscles.
But with the publication of his autobiography (!) now 13 years behind him, the occasional smugness of the ascendant star has been supplanted by a stockier, burlier performer who--as we saw in last year's "Harry Potter" film--is capable, much to our surprise, of having a chuckle at himself.
The Renault Kwid has received a reasonable amount of success, particularly owing to its burlier pretensions.
Margaret Beckett, who is emerging as a possible stop-Bercow candidate, was at the back, happy to let taller and burlier colleagues block her view.
Hughes said: ``As he's a bigger, burlier horse this season we decided another run before the Festival would be the right thing for him.
Darren Garforth is replaced at tight head by the burlier Phil Vickery, from Gloucester who wins his first cap and the hooking responsibilities are returned to the noisy keeping of Richard Cockerill.
He is in good form and a bit bigger, therefore a bit burlier, this year."
He said yesterday: ``Hardy Eustace is a bigger, burlier horse this year and he will need another run.
There's also a burlier 12-valve 1.2-litre engine with better power and torque to aid overtaking, yet its fuel economy is identical at 47.9mpg.
It was not just the shorter trip of the five-furlong King's Stand Stakes that might have inconvenienced him, either-he had not run since March, was recovering from a 20-hour flight from Japan, and was regarded by connections as burlier than ideal for the race.
Particularly tall players have been called "permabulating lighthouses" and burlier ones "fifteen hundredweights of prime Scottish beef on the hoof".
Clifford Baker is now on Call Equiname, a good two inches taller than the Gold Cup winner, far burlier looking in the neck and head, and yet, at 520 kilos now, only 10 kilos heavier on the scales.