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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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The Muir that Carruthers recovers is the historically compelling but unfamiliar figure of Muir the kirk elder, crustily conservative in his beliefs, but a doughty opponent of patronage and steadfast champion of democracy, in church as well as in state.
But, folk singers and the rockers have taken the musical category to a new 'LOL' level with their crustily candid contributions and concatenations:
Wood-house contends his son-in-law is '"very far from looking well"' (103), John Knightley picks up on his own name and crustily tells his wife, '"Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children, and let me look as I chuse'" (104).
My own gay brother pointed a finger at me and wagged it like an old man's cane, then crustily denounced me for taking away the dignity of another man's death.
Opens Friday THE STARS Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams THE VERDICT No one does crustily grumpy better than ol' Clint Eastwood these days, and he is the perfect fit here, playing an ageing baseball scout who is joined by the workaholic daughter he barely knows (Adams) on an assignment to watch an up-and-coming player.
Feeling as crustily comfortable as its titular environ, "The Village Barbershop" is an old-hat story--curmudgeon grudgingly takes in brash youth, with eventual life-enhancing benefits for both.