burly


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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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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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But chaff or no chaff they would have been surprised to see me leave them for the burly and sympathetic Mills.
The burly Mills attended to the introduction: "Captain Blunt.
There was a sudden commotion in the direction of the disputants, and Tarzan rolled his head in their direction in time to see the burly brute of a priest leap upon the woman opposite him, dashing out her brains with a single blow of his heavy cudgel.
Neither were needed, however, for at that moment there was a scattering of the crowd, and two police constables, burly and helmeted, pushed their way through the rabble.
But when he attempted to act upon that very sensible decision a burly dog came bowsing out and disputed his right.
Down the slanting road there was riding a big, burly man, clad in a tunic of purple velvet and driving a great black horse as hard as it could gallop.
For blustering, burly, selfish King Henry loved the gentle witty lawyer, and again and again made use of his wits.
Horser stood in the way, burly, half-drunk and vicious.
In these circumstances, it was unpleasant to find burly strangers looking in at windows.
The sunlight lingered on the purple crests, and we could see him leading the way to his stockade, a burly bareheaded figure walking far in advance of a straggling cortege, and swinging regularly an ebony staff taller than himself.
Since Miss Haldin with her sure instinct had refrained from introducing me to the burly celebrity, I would have retired quietly and returned later on, had I not met a peculiar expression in her eyes which I interpreted as a request to stay, with the view, perhaps, of shortening an unwelcome visit.
Sitting down and throwing back his outer coat, the man displayed the burly frame of Sikes.
I noticed a man with two dogs walk down the slope past the large and emphatic dogs are banned sign, and past a large police Volvo with two burly officers in it.
Gignac is the type of burly target man Pulis is crying out for with Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye's form woefully inadequate for much of this season.
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