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  • Bill Ramsey looks on sourly at the fractious scene.†   (source)
  • Herschel was willing to accept and shoulder more than his share of responsibility for their fractious relationship, but he could not begin to comprehend getting cut out completely.†   (source)
  • There was nothing wavering in it; no little trick to catch a transitory approbation from the discontented, or to soothe the fractious.†   (source)
  • Attolia, surrounded by her fractious barons, continued to be formal and remote.†   (source)
  • Prusias might have been king, but it seemed his kingdom comprised a somewhat fractious confederacy, where alliances shifted like the sand.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • One thing troubled her upon that perfect day, that Jennifer was cutting her first tooth, and was hot and fractious.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The baby's awful fractious, and I'm clean worn out attending to him.   (source)
  • a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
  • I might be getting a little fractious myself.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It implies that the offending part (heart, stomach, liver, whatever) is a fractious, bratty child, which can be brought into line with a slap or a sharp word.†   (source)
  • The fractious nobles waiting at home for Jason's return, each jockeying to match their daughter with the new-made hero and claim a piece of his glory.†   (source)
  • "Fractious girl, don't you quote at me!†   (source)
  • There had never been a parade of prouder men, more fractious and unyielding, each certain the war would fail without them.†   (source)
  • But back home in Ithaca, there would be no such fractious heroes, no councils, no midnight raids, no desperate stratagems that he must devise or men would die.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Fractious, Ms.†   (source)
  • Five or six more men left the porch and surrounded the fractious beast, goosing him in the sides and making him show his temper.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed.†   (source)
  • The baby's awful fractious, and I'm clean worn out attending to him.†   (source)
  • Tom was "fractious," as Roxy called it, and overbearing; Chambers was meek and docile.†   (source)
  • 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,…†   (source)
  • '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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • '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.†   (source)
  • That is a fractious team for mortal men to master!†   (source)
  • His drinking continu'd, about which we sometimes quarrell'd; for, when a little intoxicated, he was very fractious.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Block tackle and a strangling pulley will bring your lion to heel, no matter how fractious, even Leo ferox there, the Libyan maneater.†   (source)
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