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  • If many Devonians believe Reid's actions to be among the most defiantly heroic in their locale since Sir Francis Drake insisted on completing his game of bowls on the Hoe before seeing off the Spanish Armada, others are amazed that the rough-tongued star of BBC's 1998 documentary series Premier Passions is proving to be such a diamond.

    Peter Reid lends a hand as Pilgrims continue to regress

  • Even if the action doesn't carry total conviction, the play has urgency and neatly balances rough-tongued adolescent rudeness with adult anxiety.

    Mogadishu - review

  • He had learned Alexander's eye for a good site, and though rough-tongued among Macedonians, had good manners and good sense with foreigners.

    The Persian Boy

  • David Cannon, never patient, a rough-tongued, self-absorbed genius, resented these interruptions, and was brief in his methods of expressing as much.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • But time came when all the romance of barbarism seemed to have fizzled out and only cruel realities remained – when work and worry turned McKeith from the worshipping lover into the rough-tongued, irritable bushman – when his 'hands' deserted him, his cattle died and things generally went wrong, and when he showed himself something of the hard-headed, parsimonious, ill-conditioned Scotch mongrel that Steadbolt had called him.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Vanderlyn had always disliked, with a rather absurd, unreasoning dislike, Peggy's plain-featured, rough-tongued sister-in-law.

    The Uttermost Farthing

  • There are various kinds of high spirits: some so crude and rough-tongued that they vitiate what they touch and estrange every one of sensibility and some so insistent that they tire and suffocate you; but Peter's vitality revived and restored every one he came in contact with; and, when I said good-bye to him that day at

    Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One

  • I turned to see the sheepish, guilty, smirking faces of the trader, the rough-tongued, sunburned trapper and the ragged gambler grouped at the entrance, and each man's arms were full of flowers.

    Lords of the North

  • He could not fail to see that the men with whom he was thrown in contact, rough-tongued, fierce and quarrelsome as they were, were yet of deeper nature and of more service in the world than the ox-eyed brethren who rose and ate and slept from year's end to year's end in their own narrow, stagnant circle of existence.

    The White Company

  • Never did choice or dainty ditty of Provence or Languedoc sound more sweetly in the ears than did the rough-tongued Saxon to the six who strained their ears from the blazing keep:

    The White Company

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