The rest were standing around in hatless, smoky little groups of twos and threes and fours inside the heated waiting room, talking in voices that, almost without exception, sounded collegiately dogmatic, as though each young man, in his strident, conversational turn, was clearing up, once and for all, some highly controversial issue, one that the outside, non-matriculating world had been bungling, provocatively or not, for centuries.
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—to turn into some pert-mouthed, strident angry-girl.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
In a funny way, she sounds like Liv Crawford when she reads from her books, a bit strident, overdramatic, with tones of succor.