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(as) gruff as a bear

Surly or brusque. Don't take it personally, Gordon is gruff as a bear with everyone.
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*gruff as a bear

gruff; curt and unsociable. (*Also: as ∼.) I hate to ask Erica questions; she's always gruff as a bear. I'm always as gruff as a bear before I've had my first cup of coffee.
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I was a huge S Man fan back around the time of I Never Knew and although his sound has taken a gruffer feel to it in recent times Sanchez is most certainly still a "Superstar DJ" and is well worth going to check out.
Against him is Bale, who injects more growl behind the cowl than he can put pouting into Wayne's pinstripes, making for a furious and confused - ergo dangerous - Batman, gruffer than Clint Eastwood smoking cigars through a tracheotomy tube.
Maybe a little Cassandra Wilson, too, at the gruffer moments.
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The voices were gruffer than usual (and that was just the women), the handshakes and hugs fiercer, the songs louder and the drinks bigger.
He was even gruffer and more grumpy than usual and no wonder.