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English citations of brusque

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  • 1858, Anthony Trollope, Dr Thorne, ch. 3,
    He was brusque, authoritative, given to contradiction, rough though never dirty in his personal belongings, and inclined to indulge in a sort of quiet raillery.
  • 1955, Joseph Heller, Catch-22, ch. 13,
    He greeted Milo jovially each time they met and, in an excess of contrite generosity, impulsively recommended Major Major for promotion. The recommendation was rejected at once at Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters by ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen, who scribbled a brusque, unsigned reminder that the Army had only one Major Major Major Major and did not intend to lose him by promotion just to please Colonel Cathcart.
  • 2005, "No soup for you? Not so fast,", 29 Apr,
    The brusque New York chef who was lampooned on 'Seinfeld' as the 'Soup Nazi' plans to open a chain of takeout soup stands across North America. But don’t expect the authentically rude New York treatment.