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used in In Cold Blood

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quick to fight or argue
  • Pete, a tiger-striped tom weighing fifteen pounds, is a well-known character around Garden City, famous for his pugnacity, which was the cause of his current hospitalization; a battle lost to a boxer dog had left him with wounds necessitating both stitches and antibiotics.
    2 — Persons Unknown (92% in)
pugnacity = quickness to fight

(editor's note:  In this usage, tom is short for tomcat—a male cat.)
  • Short, pugnacious, a Kentuckian by birth, Green began by pointing out to the court that Kansas' law, in regard to sanity, adheres to the M'Naghten Rule, the ancient British importation which contends that if the accused knew the nature of his act, and knew it was wrong, then he is mentally competent and responsible for his actions.
    4 — The Corner (18% in)

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