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  • a great deal about her neighbors and her neighbors 'dresses; and how her dear Delaney was sometimes "obstropolous," though in the end a mighty good man; and much more over which I hurried with all the rapidity of disgust.

    Confession, or, the Blind Heart; a Domestic Story

  • One of these '' fishal functionaries 'justifies extreme physical means in' captivating obstropolous vagroms 'both by reason and distinguished precedent:' Wolloping is the only way; it's a panacea for differences of opinion.

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844 Volume 23, Number 2

  • So, as he was goin 'on a war-expedition in his canoe, he left her to think about it, sayin' he'd be back in six months or so, when he hoped she wouldn't be so obstropolous.

    The Coral Island

  • The baby, to judge from the shadowy action of its fat limbs on the blind, became what she called obstropolous.

    Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished A Tale of City Arab Life and Adventure

  • "Only to this here contrary, obstropolous beast, major."

    Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency.

  • "Don't be obstropolous, friend," he continued, at the same time dismounting, "we have come on purpose to pay Wat a visit, and if you ha'n't got no brawlers in the house, you needn't be afraid of us."

    Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency.

  • Well, the warmth of the eggs felt good to the poor critter's naked belly, and kinder kept the itchin of the nettles down, and he was glad to bide where he was, and whenever he was tired and got off his skin felt so cold, he'd run right back and squat down agin, and when his feathers began to grow, and he got obstropolous, he got another ticklin with the nettles, that made him return double quick to his location.

    The Clockmaker — or, the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville

  • Well, the warmth of the eggs felt good to the poor critter's naked belly, and kinder kept the itchin 'of the nettles down, and he was glad to bide where he was; and whenever he was tired and got off his skin felt so cold, he'd run right back and squat down agin; and when his feathers began to grow, and he got obstropolous, he got another ticklin' with the nettles, that made him return double quick to his location.

    The Clockmaker

  • Good lack! a’has been mortally obstropolous, and out of his senses all this blessed day.” — “You lie,” cried the squire, “I an’t out of my seven senses, thof I’m half mad with vexation.”

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • a young chief whom Tararo hates, and she kicked up a desperate shindy; so, as he was going on a war-expedition in his canoe, he left her to think about it, sayin 'he'd be back in six months or so, when he hoped she wouldn't be so obstropolous.

    The Coral Island A Tale of the Pacific Ocean

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