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  • adverb In a brusque manner; abruptly; rudely.

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  • adverb in a blunt direct manner


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brusque +‎ -ly


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  • "Coming, Kit?" he called brusquely to another older boy, who had halted to study the stranger with interest.

    The Soulforge Weis, Margaret 1998

  • [7] [_Short pause; then he calls brusquely toward_ _the window, while he remains seated_.]

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig Various

  • "It's 'igh time' e was in bed," said Mr. Watlin, taking the fiddle brusquely from the Italian's hands, "'e don't fancy doleful ditties, an' no more do I, hey Johnnie?"

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo De la Roche 1920

  • A wood thrush called brusquely, but offered no further salute to the god of day at his departure.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey 1877

  • "For a hospital," brusquely "I can give them one thing, at least -- shelter."

    The Shuttle 1907

  • Of itself, if there were no other, it is considered a sufficient answer to the German Chancellor's plaint that the United States "brusquely" broke off relations without giving "authentic" reasons for its action.

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights Kelly Miller 1901

  • "For a hospital," brusquely "I can give them one thing, at least -- shelter."

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett 1886

  • "Nonsense, nonsense, my dear girl," brusquely, "put it out of your head at once.

    Jewel's Story Book Clara Louise Burnham 1890

  • Last year Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last year brusquely dismissed the Schäuble proposals, insisting instead on roping the IMF into the European bailouts while emphasising that they could be made available only as an absolute last resort and subject to the most punitive of terms.

    EU leaders look to expanded bailout fund to stave off crisis 2011

  • In one great sneeze, the umbrellas were turned inside out or took flight I watched one guest chase one through the parking lot, the vases fell and shattered, and the rose petals so delicately thrown about were brusquely blown away.

    Miles to Go Richard Paul Evans 2011


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