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  • The fractious members are trying to agree on a policy.
  • a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
  • The baby’s awful fractious, and I’m clean worn out attending to him.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She fractious, you know.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • Five or six more men left the porch and surrounded the fractious beast, goosing him in the sides and making him show his temper.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • It was the same thing Tom had done when he rode a drunken cowboy’s fractious horse in the dusty street of Bayfield to win a dollar.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • He rode the horse out into the noon traffic and the horse was fractious and scared and it skittered about in the street and kicked a great dish into the side of a bus to the delight of the passengers who leaned out and called challenges from the safety of the windows.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • In the years when he was away at the war and the University, she had turned from an overalled, fractious, gun-slinging creature into a reasonable facsimile of a human being.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • In other words, he enjoyed the cosseting for approximately twenty-four hours and then became in turn restive, restless, testy, irritable, cranky, fractious, and extremely bad tempered.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My source tells me the mood got very fractious.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The baby’s awful fractious, and I’m clean worn out attending to him.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She then peeped round to where I sat; so stern a neighbour was too restrictive to him, in his present fractious mood, she dared whisper no observations, nor ask of him any information.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Neighboring Bangor was largely Welsh and English, and the next town over was overwhelmingly German, which meant, given the fractious relationships between the English and Germans and Italians in those years, that Roseto stayed strictly for Rosetans.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • That is a fractious team for mortal men to master!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Bill Ramsey looks on sourly at the fractious scene.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • His drinking continu’d, about which we sometimes quarrell’d; for, when a little intoxicated, he was very fractious.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • ’So when she got a situation,’ said Mr. Omer, ’to keep a fractious old lady company, they didn’t very well agree, and she didn’t stop.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Block tackle and a strangling pulley will bring your lion to heel, no matter how fractious, even Leo ferox there, the Libyan maneater.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And so I made a skirt for her, weaving bright colours into the white cotton that she might like it, and so she did for a time, wearing it gladly, twirling it about her as she spun round and round; but when the novelty had worn off, she became fractious and wanted to tear it from her.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Tom was "fractious," as Roxy called it, and overbearing; Chambers was meek and docile.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The gentlemen were all quarrelsome and fractious.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • She was still too heavy with sleep to sound really fractious, but it was apparent that she felt there was some kind of injustice in the air.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The leaders were tired and acting fractious.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • One thing troubled her upon that perfect day, that Jennifer was cutting her first tooth, and was hot and fractious.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Flashing her needles, glancing round about her, out of the window, into the room, at James himself, she assured him, beyond a shadow of a doubt, by her laugh, her poise, her competence (as a nurse carrying a light across a dark room assures a fractious child), that it was real; the house was full; the garden blowing.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The punch being, by this time, drunk out, and the little Kenwigses (who had for some time previously held their little eyes open with their little forefingers) becoming fractious, and requesting rather urgently to be put to bed, the collector made a move by pulling out his watch, and acquainting the company that it was nigh two o’clock; whereat some of the guests were surprised and others shocked, and hats and bonnets being groped for under the tables, and in course of time found,
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Attolia, surrounded by her fractious barons, continued to be formal and remote.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The clans were a fractious lot, as Eragon well knew, and even as king, Orik had difficulty commanding their obedience.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • There was nothing wavering in it; no little trick to catch a transitory approbation from the discontented, or to soothe the fractious.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Prusias might have been king, but it seemed his kingdom comprised a somewhat fractious confederacy, where alliances shifted like the sand.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • There were men on foot, running hither and thither, talking shrilly and in all the tongues of Syria; men on horseback screaming to men on camels; men struggling doubtfully with fractious cows and frightened sheep; men peddling bread and wine; and among the mass a herd of boys apparently in chase of a herd of dogs.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I might be getting a little fractious myself.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Fractious, Ms.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The more his back ached and his muscle dissolved into fat and the fat melted off his bones, the more fractious he became with Janie.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Her only offspring were battles and corpses and trundling supply trains; stratagems too numerous to remember; oaths of friendship and fealty now worth less than a mummer’s promise; and a halting, fractious, all-too-vulnerable army led by a Rider younger than she was herself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • ’My feelings have been lancerated,’ said Mrs Kenwigs, ’my heart has been torn asunder with anguish, I have been thrown back in my confinement, my unoffending infant has been rendered uncomfortable and fractious, Morleena has pined herself away to nothing; all this I forget and forgive, and with you, uncle, I never can quarrel.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "Fractious girl, don’t you quote at me!
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • an incorrigibly fractious young man
  • rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas
  • fractious components of a communication system
  • I never see Uncle Silas speak up so sharp and fractious before.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer Detective
  • Then Thuvia was lifted to the least fractious thoat, Xodar and Carthoris mounted two others, and we set out at a rapid pace toward the east.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Gods of Mars
  • Omer, ’to keep a fractious old lady company, they didn’t very well agree, and she didn’t stop.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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