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crusty

Ornery, irritable, and, often, outspoken. He's the crusty veteran of the team—I wouldn't mess with him. Please, Phil was crusty when he was younger too—turning 50 has nothing to do with his current crankiness.
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crusty

mod. feisty; gruff. (Very old, 1500s.) Unlike most crusty, old men, Jed hasn’t a single redeeming quality.
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His baguettes were slightly flatter and crustier, and came with an assortment of seeded toppings like sesame, caraway, and the like.
But Schorr also brings a charm that softens his crustier moments.
Vianne's unconventional lifestyle inevitably aggravates some of the crustier locals led by pious Mayor Reynaud (Alfred Molina).
Its devisers should take the chorus of disgruntled chunterings they have elicited from the crustier elements of London's art establishment as a genuine compliment.
I only wished the bread could be crustier to sop up the extravagantly rich sauce.
And I have had to become crustier and far more professional than when I walked in.
An editor who recently left the staff of a large West Coast paper remarked, "The fact that the liberals have the run of the place used to be a big joke among the crustier, more conservative senior staff members."
In a marvelous bit of euphemistic writing, the Globe suggested that Munk's ability to overlook the crustier sides of dictatorship "may do him no harm in Indonesia whose leader similarly gained power by military action and rules with a firm hand, not least in neighboring East Timor, a former Portuguese colony held by Indonesian troops since 1975." Gained power by military action indeed: it is estimated that at least half a million Indonesian Communists were killed when Suharto took power in 1965.
A six-ounce serving of some of the crustier home-delivered pizzas has more than six grams of fiber, which is more than a fifth of the 20 to 30 grams of fiber you should eat in an entire day.
Dry-aging makes steaks crustier too, because they aren't as moist to begin with.
The amount of spots you would pass by on the way to your destination made it seem like a (much) crustier Barcelona.
However, what is perhaps not so widely known is George's passionate interest in breaking down some of the crustier aspects of the sport and identifying the need for change and innovation by the governing body.
But this protectiveness can see you be hard headed when the situation demands, and you may show this crustier side of your crustacean now and for two weeks.
At first the cere turns white, becoming thicker and crustier as holes form.
It's almost challenging you to side with the younger James, against his older, crustier self.