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  • As soon as they let him out, he'd fight another soldier or get belligerent with an officer and they'd throw him back in.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • But what about when ... or they are just belligerent and rude?   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • Now the woman is turning intellectual, and will insist on a belligerent discussion of politics, and will doubtless order him to abolish slavery in the South at once.   (source)
    belligerent = with the attitude of one eager to fight
  • There was also hopeless confusion in the corridors of the centre, where a mood of belligerent self-confidence prevailed.   (source)
    belligerent = combative (eager to fight)
  • I tilted my head back and glared at him, embarrassment making me lash out, belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • But I imagine Father was belligerent about it.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (had an attitude of one eager to fight)
  • a belligerent argument   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of people eager to fight)
  • Jason glared at him and said belligerently, "Can I have some breakfast, please?"   (source)
    belligerently = with the attitude of one eager to fight
  • "So you say," challenged Orik, ever more belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • The rogue commander was getting more and more belligerent, the United States more and more concerned.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with of the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • He strutted around with a belligerent and tough attitude.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (as though eager to fight)
  • the man turned a hard, belligerent face to him.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (showing the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • the Indians were not belligerent and it was apparent that Gus had merely struck the wrong bunch at the wrong time, in the wrong manner.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • he asked belligerently.   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • He was belligerent and edgy as he led us down the street and then pushed us roughly into a taxi.   (source)
    belligerent = in a fighting mood
  • Her expression is unmistakably belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (showing the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • "He reshapes the world," I whispered, belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = with the attitude of one eager to fight
  • The white brothers looked uncomfortable and some of the Harlem brothers belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • The tone's still belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = aggressive (of one eager to fight)
  • ...in the belligerently righteous style of a third-rate tabloid; her economics consisted of the assertion that "we've got to help the poor."   (source)
    belligerently = with a manner of one eager to fight
  • he was in belligerent mood;   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • With luck, thought the tuxedoed manager, the explanation that an impetuous bartender had mistaken a belligerent drunk for something far more serious would be acceptable to the police.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • Old Stew might rant, he might take you by the collar, become belligerent, even stumble on the stairs when going to sleep, but none of it was a surprise.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (in a fighting mood)
  • Even the lowly weed pullers had boasted a belligerent name: The Mechanized Offensive Brigade.   (source)
    belligerent = showing an eagerness to fight
  • ALAN [belligerently, standing up]:   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • "What're you trying to do," the white man asked belligerently, "kill this man's sale?"   (source)
  • Downstairs Graf began to bark, an insistent, belligerent alarm announcing a strange car in the driveway.   (source)
    belligerent = with the attitude of one eager to fight
  • Ian asked belligerently, but there was also a noticeable layer of desperation in his voice, as if he could feel the fortune beginning to slide.†   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain't neither. George won't do nothing like that. ... He's nice to me."   (source)
    belligerently = in a hostile manner
  • He was very happy, he wrote and in belligerently underlined words threatened that he intended to stay that way.   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • Out of the hundreds of thousands of species, I can only think of seven which are belligerent.   (source)
    belligerent = eager to fight
  • But no matter how Spitz circled, Joe whirled around on his heels to face him ... --the incarnation of belligerent fear.   (source)
    belligerent = ready to fight
  • he was annoyed by such background thoughts as had never weakened him in his days of belligerent conformity.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • My imagination became belligerent, and defeated the invaders in a dozen striking ways; something of my schoolboy dreams of battle and heroism came back.   (source)
    belligerent = warlike
  • He maintained a belligerent attitude toward all well-dressed men.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • LE BRET: These fops, would-be belligerent, Will, if you heed them only, turn your head! . . . Ask people of good sense if you would know The effect of your fine insolence   (source)
  • At last, after several hours, when sundry summer-houses had been pulled down, and some area-railings had been torn up, to arm the more belligerent spirits, a rumour got about that the Guards were coming.   (source)
  • Was he ever that belligerent?†   (source)
  • Paradoxically, the following day Will was in good form—unusually talkative, opinionated, belligerent.†   (source)
  • Roger became belligerent and scuffled with the policeman.†   (source)
  • A one-armed bunk master sets forth rules in a belligerent torrent.†   (source)
  • How could she possibly make it with that belligerent girl along?†   (source)
  • In truth, Mrs. Lish's charge of anti-Semitism had backfired with a number of the faculty, who were quite belligerently anti-Semitic themselves.†   (source)
  • "I did too," she said belligerently.†   (source)
  • "Thank you —" A bit belligerently, she shook her head.†   (source)
  • His expression remained belligerent.†   (source)
  • The first voice was unmistakably clear—the piercing, belligerent accent of the prison administrator, who clearly did not appreciate being woken up by a late-night visitor.†   (source)
  • The Little Rock School Board now demanded belligerent students be brought under control.†   (source)
  • On the streets, plenty of homeless folks had acted belligerent toward me and pushed me away.†   (source)
  • We were walking now, a belligerent, blind sort of walking that men do when they are wildly drunk and filled with hatred for others, while at the same time they feel invincible.†   (source)
  • Her features, crowded somewhat in the center of her face, gave to her moments of concentration a puggish and half-belligerent look.†   (source)
  • Eric and Vivaldo stared at each other with an oddly belligerent intensity.†   (source)
  • But at Hancock's Beacon Hill mansion all was in order, as General Sullivan also attested, and there was a certain irony in this, since the house had been occupied and maintained by the belligerent General James Grant, who had wanted to lay waste to every town on the New England coast.†   (source)
  • 'Your name is Fortiori,' Major Sanderson contradicted him belligerently.†   (source)
  • Shay didn't deal well with curves being thrown at him; he could just as likely become belligerent as curl up in a ball beneath the wooden stand.†   (source)
  • You're mighty belligerent toward a feeble old man, but if you wish to continue in darkness that is your privilege....†   (source)
  • I asked belligerently.†   (source)
  • He could feel Melissa's mind rushing into his, belligerent and angry but at the same time feverishly hungry, consuming his thoughts and memories, pushing into every corner of his mind.†   (source)
  • The whole point of the socialized human being was to not give in to that sort of impulse, regardless of how belligerently an opponent might behave.†   (source)
  • George Washington said he could not have won the Revolutionary War without these tough and belligerent Ulster men, who carried plenty of grievances against England.†   (source)
  • Booth and Herold refused, though not in a belligerent manner.†   (source)
  • But my kids, as we drove towards lowland heat, growing belligerent and yelling at each other to shut up, shut up, shut up.†   (source)
  • Judge Green was always at his most belligerent in front of the television cameras.†   (source)
  • After a belligerent silence, Navot asked, "One of ours or one of theirs?"†   (source)
  • Do a complete physical on a man and you still can't tell what he'd be like if he got drunk, say, loud, sad, belligerent, sleepy.†   (source)
  • He looked belligerent, but scared too.†   (source)
  • According to the Red Cross International Convention, the army medical personnel must not take part in the military operations of the belligerents.†   (source)
  • "Mr. Fletcher and myself are as much in love as the day we married," said Mrs. Fletcher belligerently as Leota stuffed cotton into her ears.†   (source)
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President, and immediately throughout Texas the Lone Star flag was hoisted in an atmosphere of excited and belligerent expectation.†   (source)
  • Why are you being so belligerent and uncooperative?   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • the kid asked, sounding a lot less belligerent and much more weirded out.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • "I'm not a child," he muttered in a deeper tone than usual, his chin jutting out belligerently.   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • From our co-belligerents the Skinnies we knew that many missing troopers were alive as prisoners   (source)
    belligerents = fighters
  • The littlest dragon followed us to the cave, not belligerently (although I don't trust anything with teeth that size)   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • "What I do now?" he demanded belligerently.   (source)
  • "A fella got to eat," he began; and then, belligerently, "A fella got a right to eat."   (source)
    belligerently = as though ready for a fight
  • "That's right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.   (source)
    belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • A part-grown puppy, somewhat larger and older than he, came toward him slowly, with ostentatious and belligerent importance.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (as though eager to fight)
  • The belligerent Martin who had carried off Leora had not thought about romance, because in his clumsy way he had been romantic.   (source)
    belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • He said it belligerently and drew back a little.†   (source)
  • I'm for the rights of the colored brother to sing!" he shouted belligerently.†   (source)
  • She added belligerently, "You don't have to believe it.†   (source)
  • "We don't take money for such," said Sonny's voice belligerently.†   (source)
  • Maybe we'll see," Jimbo said belligerently.†   (source)
  • He finally says, belligerently, "What?"†   (source)
  • 'I'm the best friend you've got and you don't even know it,' he asserted belligerently, and walked out of the chaplain's tent.†   (source)
  • This was the period, of course, after the Bugs had located our home planet, through the Skinnies, and had raided it, destroying Buenos Aires and turning "contact troubles" into all-out war, but before we had built up our forces and before the Skinnies had changed sides and become our co-belligerents and de facto allies.†   (source)
  • His lips shot out belligerently.†   (source)
  • 'Why?' she demanded belligerently, her mouth curling suddenly into a vehement sneer and her eyes flashing with anger.†   (source)
  • He snarled belligerently at superior officers, even at Major Danby, and was crude and surly and profane even in front of the chaplain, who was afraid of Dunbar now and seemed to be wasting away also.†   (source)
  • "Well, Bertram Scudder said that your policy—" the man started belligerently, pointing toward the bar, but stopped, as if he had slid farther than he intended.†   (source)
  • "I'm delighted to see you, of course," Taggart said cautiously, then added belligerently, to balance it, "But if you think you're going to—" Francisco would not pick up the threat; he let Taggart's sentence slide into mid-air and stop, then asked politely, "If I think what?"†   (source)
  • The third had said, his voice belligerently insolent, that he would attempt the task on a ten-year contract at twenty-five thousand dollars a year—"After all, Miss Taggart, if you expect to make huge profits on that motor, it's you who should pay for the gamble of my time.†   (source)
  • But true nobility can always be recognized ....even in one as belligerently shy about showing it as you are.†   (source)
  • Finally, Jason turned to me and, in a belligerent tone, said, "That old man was crazy."†   (source)
  • Are you sure about that?" he asked, belligerent again as soon as I spoke Edward's name.†   (source)
  • Belligerent student protests were firing up the already hostile attitude inside the school.†   (source)
  • I wanted her about thirteen, looking out with that defiant, almost belligerent stare of hers.†   (source)
  • Charlie said this in a tone that was almost belligerent.†   (source)
  • No wonder he was so cranky and belligerent.†   (source)
  • Judge Glass was at his most belligerent, Maynard at his most flippant.†   (source)
  • When Simon turned sixteen and got belligerent, I thought it was just him.†   (source)
  • He thought I was a belligerent Neanderthal.†   (source)
  • Ma didn't recognize either one of us and was unusually belligerent.†   (source)
  • Yossarian interrupted with belligerent misgiving.†   (source)
  • You've got to prevent it!" she said, in the belligerent tone of a plea disguised as a command.†   (source)
  • His mother came in with an air of belligerent defensiveness.†   (source)
  • His hysterically belligerent manner was back, "I offered him more than anybody else did.†   (source)
  • When the belligerent, jovially teasing voice would not work, it was hard for him to speak.†   (source)
  • A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.†   (source)
  • The faraway look of her eyes must have been the muntu of Ruth May, chained to this briefly belligerent child through forelife, life, and afterlife, peering out through her sockets.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, bands still played behind the darkened windows of cafes and bars where the customers drank, danced and stirred up their patriotic feelings by singing belligerent songs.†   (source)
  • He had shown many signs of improvement, but his belligerent, arrogant, and selfish attitude—borne of a life of idle privilege—still showed through from time to time.†   (source)
  • The art and address of ambassadors from a dozen belligerent powers of Europe, nay, of a conclave of cardinals at the election of a Pope ....would not exceed the specimens we have seen.†   (source)
  • All was silent until Íorunn said, "And what explanation have you for this belligerent behavior, Orik, Thrifk's son?†   (source)
  • Though he was compelled to look up to Richard, he did so with his head at an odd and belligerent angle, as though he were looking up in order more clearly to sight down.†   (source)
  • Moody's manner was characteristically belligerent, but I forged ahead, following Amahl's instructions.†   (source)
  • Whether he doubted my story, or whether the embassy's letters had put him on guard, Moody grew openly menacing and belligerent over the next several days.†   (source)
  • He had a grizzled, broad-browed head with iron-gray tufts over his eyes and a blunt and belligerent jaw.†   (source)
  • 'What atheists?' he bellowed defensively, his whole manner changing in a flash to one of virtuous and belligerent denial.†   (source)
  • His voice was belligerent and shaky.†   (source)
  • He snapped his way through a brief speech, hailing a new era and declaring-in the belligerent tone of a challenge to unidentified enemies-that science belonged to the people and that every man on the face of the globe had a right to a share of the advantages created by technological progress.†   (source)
  • He saw defensively belligerent men and tastelessly dressed women-he saw mean, rancorous, suspicious faces that bore the one mark incompatible with a standard bearer of the intellect: the mark of uncertainty.†   (source)
  • Even though his speech was repudiated by many in the North, the very fact that one who represented such a belligerent constituency would appeal for understanding in the name of unity and patriotism was recognized in Washington and throughout the South as a bona fide assurance of Southern rights.†   (source)
  • The images ate at his generous heart and at times tinged his mock-belligerent cheerfulness with alum.†   (source)
  • Ben Hodge sat stunned in the roaring, flickering grist room, sitting on the piled-up bags of oats, hands on the oatbags on either side, legs wide apart and as solid as pillars, chin thrown forward, neither rueful nor belligerent, merely and finally itself.†   (source)
  • And his own belligerent temperament soon destroyed any hope that Congress might now join hands in carrying out Lincoln's policies of permitting the South to resume its place in the Union with as little delay and controversy as possible.†   (source)
  • Besides, though the cafeteria was economical and healthy, just now it had begun to be infested by those wiry, but unlucky, old men forever reading racing forms as they drank coffee; one particularly, in a belligerent pea-green sweater with yellow bands, seemed to change the whole tone of the place simply by always occupying the table anybody else would want.†   (source)
  • Shorn, shampooed, shined, shaved, showered, smelling like a belligerent rose, decked out in the fanciest finely since Cecil B. deMille rewrote the Bible, I was delivered by them to the banquet hall on time.†   (source)
  • The people at the heart of the crowd were college age or a little older, and more of them than he would have expected were women, loud, belligerent girls of a kind he had never known existed: they had the pretty faces of the girls who waited on him in restaurants or sat reading quietly on buses, and they had the sweet voices of the girls he heard singing on the television with Mitch Miller and the rest, but tonight their pretty faces were full of authority and dire intent, and the sweetness of their voices was irrelevant to their calls and shouts.†   (source)
  • Mr. Voight before so very long-it happened during a sojourn home of Mr. MacLain, she remembered-was transferred to travel another seven states, ending the problem; and yet Mr. Voight had done something that amounted to more than going naked under his robe and calling alarm like a turkey gobbler, it was more belligerent; and the least describable thing of all had been a look on his face; that was strange.†   (source)
  • "What you got to say about it?" asked Number 3 belligerently.†   (source)
  • Anticipating Katie's refusal, she spoke belligerently.†   (source)
  • Ruthie and Winfield stood near to Ma and eyed the strangers belligerently.†   (source)
  • She spoke belligerently about her work not being charity, but "human reclamation."†   (source)
  • She stood a short distance away and regarded Ma belligerently.†   (source)
  • Maxie demanded belligerently.†   (source)
  • He was a tough handsome young animal, forever hurling his glove down in a frenzy of despair during the course of a game, and rushing belligerently at the umpire.†   (source)
  • Aunt Bertha scoffed, belligerently.†   (source)
  • He began to follow Eugene around the house, backing him ominously into corners, seizing him belligerently by the arm, as he breathed upon him his foul yellow stench, and spoke to him with maudlin challenge.†   (source)
  • So far, not a word had been exchanged between the belligerents.†   (source)
  • "So it was you, was it, you black beggar?" belligerently demanded one Kelly, an Irish-American and a longshoreman, making his first trip to sea, and boat-puller for Kerfoot.†   (source)
  • They swaggered unsteadily but belligerently toward the bar and looked at Pete with bleared and blinking eyes.†   (source)
  • It happened after a party which lasted till two, when Mrs. Schlemihl had worn the new frock from Lucile's and Jack Brundidge (by day vice-president and sales-manager of the Maize Mealies Company) had danced what he belligerently asserted to be a Finnish polka, that when Martin and Leora were driving home in a borrowed Health Department car he snarled, "Lee, why can't you ever take any trouble with what you wear?†   (source)
  • Asceticism was even his basis for reproaching the humanist whenever he trumpeted peace and happiness; Naphta would belligerently accuse him to his face of love of the flesh (amor carnalis) and love of physical comfort{commodorum corporis), call it utter bourgeois irreligion to ascribe the least value to life and health.†   (source)
  • Several very exciting skirmishes were in progress, when a loud shout attracted the attention even of the belligerents, and then there poured on to the platform, from a door at the side, a long line of gentlemen with their hats off, all looking behind them, and uttering vociferous cheers; the cause whereof was sufficiently explained when Sir Matthew Pupker and the two other real members of Parliament came to the front, amidst deafening shouts, and testified to each other in dumb motions that they had never seen such a glorious sight as that, in the whole course of their public career.†   (source)
  • When the runner arrived who announced the breaking out of hostilities between the English and French—a struggle that was certain to carry with it all the tribes that dwelt within the influence of the respective belligerents—this particular party of the Iroquois were posted on the shores of the Oneida, a lake that lies some fifty miles nearer to their own frontier than that which is the scene of our tale.†   (source)
  • Regardless of this circumstance, however, Mrs Lillyvick refused to be comforted until the belligerents had passed their words that the dispute should be carried no further, which, after a sufficient show of reluctance, they did, and from that time Mr Folair sat in moody silence, contenting himself with pinching Nicholas's leg when anything was said, and so expressing his contempt both for the speaker and the sentiments to which he gave utterance.†   (source)
  • There was about her a quality impervious to time: a belligerent and diamondsurfaced respectability.†   (source)
  • He ate with them, slept with them, belligerent, unpredictable, uncommunicative.†   (source)
  • Kushy retorted, belligerent after a single glance over his shoulder.†   (source)
  • Most of them were beginners, young, poorly dressed and belligerent.†   (source)
  • But I did not feel belligerent.†   (source)
  • His was as Irish a face as could be found in the length and breadth of the homeland he had left so long ago—round, high colored, short nosed, wide mouthed and belligerent.†   (source)
  • He remembered the belligerent ants, who claimed their boundaries, and the pacific geese, who did not.†   (source)
  • There are more than four thousand different sorts of them, and from all those kinds I can only think of five which are belligerent.†   (source)
  • And those who saw him remembered him again on the day of the fight with the exsoldier as, glittering, with his marksman's badge (he was a fine shot) and his bars, grave, erect, he walked among the civilians with about him an air half belligerent and half the selfconscious pride of a boy.†   (source)
  • I don't know what belligerent is.†   (source)
  • "Steven Mallory speaking," said a young, hard voice, in a way that left an impatient, belligerent silence after the words.†   (source)
  • They are belligerent.†   (source)
  • The belligerent turkey-gobblers sidled about ruffling their feathers.†   (source)
  • Mr. Elder was growing more excited, more belligerent and patriotic.†   (source)
  • Raymie bared his teeth like a belligerent mouse.†   (source)
  • On that they were in fierce agreement—as worlds, as orders, as professions; and a child of peace found it worth his while to listen to Naphta talk about the martial monks of the Middle Ages, who, although ascetics to the point of exhaustion, were likewise filled with a spiritual lust for power and did not refrain from bloodshed in order to bring about the City of God and its transcendent world dominion; or about belligerent Knights Templar, who considered death in battle against unbelievers more meritorious than death in one's bed and for whom slaying and being slain for the sake of Christ was no crime, but the highest glory.†   (source)
  • I spoke to the cook about it, when I went on deck to take up my duties in the galley, and though I had looked forward to a surly answer, I had not expected the belligerent harangue that I received.†   (source)
  • THE strike which turned Zenith into two belligerent camps; white and red, began late in September with a walk-out of telephone girls and linemen, in protest against a reduction of wages.†   (source)
  • He aroused in them their instinctive fear of the Wild, and they greeted him always with snarl and growl and belligerent hatred.†   (source)
  • And the most belligerent of all, Miss Pearl Robbins, she who at tea heroically slaughtered not only German men but all their women and viperine children, was wickedly unrecognized and had to make up a uniform for herself.†   (source)
  • The gods were all-powerful, and a dog was no match against them; yet White Fang learned to face them, fiercely belligerent and unafraid.†   (source)
  • Furiously he snatched up his tube of shaving-cream, furiously he lathered, with a belligerent slapping of the unctuous brush, furiously he raked his plump cheeks with a safety-razor.†   (source)
  • Juanita, quit looking so belligerent.†   (source)
  • He felt a belligerent defiance which broke into a wincing fear of this machine which was grinding Paul—Paul— Exactly at half-past three he sent in his name.†   (source)
  • You were either a courageous friend of Labor, or you were a fearless supporter of the Rights of Property; and in either case you were belligerent, and ready to disown any friend who did not hate the enemy.†   (source)
  • He became belligerent.†   (source)
  • If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.†   (source)
  • "I come in amity," the stranger said, like one too much accustomed to the sight of arms to be startled at the ludicrously belligerent attitude which Dr. Battius had seen fit to assume.†   (source)
  • The bee-hunter was silent, though he did not cease to cast ominous looks behind him, as they flew along the edge of the run, which sufficiently betrayed the belligerent condition of his mind.†   (source)
  • I will only observe that, according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the belligerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.†   (source)
  • the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.†   (source)
  • MacNab glowered belligerently.†   (source)
  • A bit later I sat on the bed, fully dressed, feeling dazed and belligerent, but thanks to a glass of port supplied by the goodwife, at least functional.†   (source)
  • I find /allright/, as one word but with two /ll's/, in Diplomatic Correspondence With Belligerent Governments, etc., European War, No.†   (source)
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