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  • n  a fussy and eccentric disposition

  • But that was all right because late-life crankiness had by then made us largely resistant to new ideas anyway.
  • And so, older and marginally wiser, I'm taking the path of least crankiness in the early days of this new Administration.
  • But for all Zawahiri's ruthlessness, his crankiness undermined his effectiveness as a leader of the organization leadership in al-Qaeda, like any legitimate organization .

  • Michael Easson in The Australian
    Easson, who has published extensively on McKell, argues "the McKell model projected Labor as a modernising party free of ideological crankiness".
  • Todd Lowrie in The Age
    He's been really good. I've been really happy with him,Lowrie said. "A lot of the stories you hear are probably a little bit unfair as far as his crankiness and that sort of stuff. He's a little bit cranky in his own way [but] he brings...
  • Orrin Hatch in ABC News
    I always loved -- loved that when he wore the incredible hulk tie,said Hatch. "I always got a big kick out of it. I even liked his crankiness because there was always a little smile behind that. he never held a grudge against anybody and...

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