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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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ONLY THE CRUSTIEST OF CURMUDGEONS WOULDN'T SENSE THE ROMANTIC atmosphere filling the Whitegate Inn.
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Overall, it can only be a very good thing that owners in the bargain basement-none of the 22 runners cost as much as 30,000gns-should have a crack at a pool which totals pounds 361,000 and only the crustiest curmudgeon could cavil at the admirable Boomerang Blade coming back up the Doncaster straight to earn more than the winner of the 2,000 Guineas.
I find there are things to glean from the most novice wannabe (desire, enthusiasm) to the crustiest old-timer (knowledge, skills, gumption) that help me in my particular lifestyle.
The proibs know this disease is real, and the added pathos and expense - of suffering children can sway even the crustiest Republican.
It also has enough down-to-earth applications to gladden the heart of the crustiest forester.
As the East Coast digs out from one of the crustiest winters on record, spring has already arrived in California skateboardland in the form of new hope, namely, the announcement of premier dates for Vans' major motion picture, "Propeller"--April 22nd in LA and spreading around the world soon after followed by an early May DVD and iTunes release.
The accuracy, reliability, balance, and overall feel could cause the edges of even the crustiest old shooter's lips to turn up just a little bit.
When disgusted by the hypocrisy of some pompous politician or venal VIP, John Junor, that crustiest of all columnists, would finish off a splendidly splenetic piece with the words 'Pass the sick bag, Alice.'
Probably only the crustiest couch potatoes will recall that the series was originally hosted by the late Leslie Crowther, of Crackerjack fame.
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