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b ri tuhl

  • n  caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
  • s  having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
    brittle bones
    glass is brittle
  • s  lacking warmth and generosity of spirit
    a brittle and calculating woman
  • s  (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured

  • A research has thrown up this startling result that excess soda can cause brittle bones.
  • Forced into asylum, the ex-ruler proved how brittle a person he was when he gunned down his aide in cold blood.
  • The rhetoric was always there but off late the tenor has become hard and brittle.
News & Articles

  • Brandini Toffee answers call for Presidential candy
    Brandini Toffee creates special sesame brittle for President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    June 12, 2013 - KESQ Palm Springs
  • The Public's Other Desert Cities
    Borrowing from an all-time great can't help but invite unflattering comparisons. by Ted Hoover Had you been seated near me at Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Other Desert Cities, you'd have noticed a puzzled look on my face. Here's why: Edward Albee won the 1967 Pulitzer for A Delicate Balance, a brittle comedy/drama about a meticulous suburban husband and wife — and her alcoholic ...
    June 12, 2013 - Pittsburgh City Paper
  • Memories of Dick Trickle stay with local man
    Many of the photographs in the bound book are black and white; the newspaper clippings are yellowed and brittle.
    June 9, 2013 - Wausau Daily Herald

  • Howard Buffett in Forbes
    I feel terrific. You ought to try this peanut brittle,Buffett said, referring to the box of candy he and Munger kept between them at the news conference.
  • Bhaskar in ABC Online
    I think it's more brittle perhaps but I don't know that it's actually going to translate into a war,Indian strategic security analyst C Uday Bhaskar said. "The point that India is trying to make is that we do not in any way threaten the...
  • Michael Voss in
    We haven't got a lot of resistance at the moment,Voss said. "We're quite brittle when it comes to being able to finish off games at the moment. When it cracks it seems to shatter pretty quick - it's something we've got to be able to make...

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