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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.

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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From the tiniest 2-year-old to the burliest teen, kids have been instrumental in refurbishing parks and cleaning up communities all over the country.
For added colour he should pick out the burliest, surliest 'non' American or Australian he can find.
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But of course, the above is not the script of some new, set-in-the-past reality TV show called Forties Farming, where the entire nation becomes glued to the box to vote in, or vote out, the prettiest land girl who can swing an axe or the burliest hunk grafting in a reserved occupation.