If in the misty April night Gottlieb had been romantic as a cloaked horseman, he was now testy and middle-aged.
Gottlieb was working eighteen hours a day on new experiments; he was jumpy and testy; he gave orders like insults.
Each day his executive duties crawled into two hours or three or four, and he raged, he became muddled by complications of personnel and economy, he was ever more autocratic, more testy; and the loving colleagues of the Institute, who had been soothed or bullied into surface peace by Tubbs, now jangled openly.
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She gets a little testy when she hasn’t had enough sleep.
Anybody who comes here ends up getting . . . testy.