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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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A wood-fired brick and concrete oven provides the perfect crustiness to the bakery's parma braids, country levain loaves and tortanos.
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Soane's crustiness strained his relations with other architects and the Royal Academy, so that the house played an important part in fostering the social recognition that was a delight to him.
In Xeriscapes, the most appropriate mulches are those that are organic, fine-textured, and that do not develop a water-repelling crustiness over time.
But Rosie transcends all that with her quiet magic and ability to adapt and to melt away even the harshest crustiness.
Both were operators and both had reputations for crustiness and direct talk in their communities.
Additionally, warmers on the shelves ensure that the breads don't grow cold or lose their crustiness. Muffins and some other pastry and bread items are made from scratch, while the layer cakes are brought in.
With the wary crustiness of a Yorkshire businessman, he has fought SIS's much-criticised corner with doughty defiance.
The crustiness that I had originally encountered gave way to a certain sweetness, and my original horror at her visits turned into great affection.
These bagels are so tasty and offer the perfect texture -- chewy inside with a hint of crustiness outside -- that the addition of a topping seems almost wrong.
"A certain tone of glib inaccuracy characterizes the Collings style," Rimanelli has already announced - and he starts a crescendo of confused thundering against British crustiness and provincialism and Swinging London.
A Buckingham Palace insider said: "Even Prince Philip, known for his intolerance and general crustiness, thinks of Mandela as a good egg."