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used in The Adventures of Augie March

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quick to get annoyed, complain, argue, and be uncooperative
  • She didn't soften things in the poolroom, or put a limit, like a British barmaid or bistro proprietress; here things were too harsh and ornery to be influenced; the clamor and fights and the obscene yelling and banging weren't going to stop, and didn't stop.
    Chapter 7 (70% in)
  • But I wouldn't have read a light meter for gold, I didn't want to capture snakes, and I felt ornery about it all.
    Chapter 17 (61% in)

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