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used in Ulysses by James Joyce

3 uses
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easily irritated or annoyed
  • —Bombast! the professor broke in testily.
    Episode 7 — Aeolus (29% in)
  • Testily he made room for himself beside long John Fanning's flank and passed in and up the stairs.
    Episode 10 — Wandering Rocks (78% in)
  • The young sparks, it is true, were as full of extravagancies as overgrown children: the words of their tumultuary discussions were difficultly understood and not often nice: their testiness and outrageous mots were such that his intellects resiled from: nor were they scrupulously sensible of the proprieties though their fund of strong animal spirits spoke in their behalf.
    Episode 14 — Oxen Of The Sun (53% in)

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