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1. slang Awesome; fantastic; excellent; extreme. Primarily heard in US. Whoa, dude, that was a gnarly wave you caught on your surfboard out there! That was a gnarly read—really ahead of its time!
2. slang Gruesome; extremely unpleasant. Primarily heard in US. The accident left a pretty gnarly gash on his thigh. I know I've got a pretty gnarly face, but I think I would make a really good husband if someone could look past it.
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mod. extreme; excellent; great; superior. (California.) This pizza is too gnarly for words!


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Both players immediately realise that Lucy is closer to the gnarly number (i.e., "98 is closer to 100 than 93"), and therefore that she has won the round.
Gnarly Nutrition offers a full line of all-natural, sports nutrition products that don't just boost your performance, but taste great as well.
Love, whose band Hole split in 2002, said: "I feel like I'm getting my creativity back and that I've put a very gnarly drug problem behind me.
Although on much steadier ground than in recent years, the EMS business is still contending with a gnarly environment, indeed.
But that was just gnarly because of the guacamole because I do not eat guac.
James Corden dons the gnarly teeth to play Potts, a shy, bumbling man, who has spent years being bullied and lives with his parents in Port Talbot.
Gnarly Nutrition is a sports supplement company that has also set some high standards for itself.
There are lots of different stages to appeal to all types of rider, including a gnarly, rooty singletrack stage and a flat out and drifty stage.
According to the survey by Scholl, conducted to mark the footwear firm's Keeping Britain on its Feet campaign, 71 per cent of think that the wife of soccer ace David Beckham has the worst celebrity feet and 67 per cent say that she should have urgent surgery to deal with her heel-induced gnarly bunions, reports the Sun.
Clark's round was highlighted by an unlikely eagle at the par-five 15th, where he pitched in from 60 feet out of a horrible lie in the gnarly rough.
Alison Fitzjohn played Boudicca as the gnarly feminist and Abi Rahman was great in a number of roles.
What gnarly teeth you have." Fusing the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" with werewolf legends, Shusterman crafts a fast-moving story about tough teenager Red Rider, who tools around his dangerous urban neighborhood with its gangs of Wolves and Crypts in his blood red Mustang.
But I relate Hill's background (with his consent) not to explain anything so much as show how he deploys this alteration as a material and formal component of his work--part of what compels him to take on the immaterial and formless--while attempting to make gnarly matters look effortless.
OK, you probably think that whenever you've got a gnarly zit or your hair is frizz-city, everybody is as horrified as you are.