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Like much of his conversation, this comment is said with a gruffness that evokes both Lou Grant, the bristly newsman Asner played on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a later spinoff drama, and Carl Fredricksen, the crotchety airborne hero he voiced in the 2009 Oscar-winning animated film Up
They recall his tearful apology to the congregation in the fall of 2011, when he asked forgiveness for any feelings he had hurt--a moment his critics remember, too, but insist the gruffness returned the next week.
Grahame's Badger is an] extraordinary amalgam of high rank, coarse manners, gruffness, shyness, and goodness.
one of the state's most successful, innovative manufacturing companies, with over 1,200 employees--scoffs at both suggestions with equal gruffness.
David loved his grandfather, but points out the General's occasional impatience, gruffness, and weakness for flattery.
The old English pattern worked fine in one instance: Old pro David Bull added gruffness and a needed sense of doom as one of the witches.
What follows is a brief Q&A, a smattering of Dustin's musings and misgivings about his life and times as a small-town newspaper editor-owner--a mix of the scalawag in Studs Terkel, the gruffness of Red Smith and the gravitas of Editor
One mistake callers make is to blow the chuckle without adding some gruffness.
Common warning signs include hoarseness in the absence of an illness (or hoarseness that hangs around after cold symptoms have cleared up); decrease in speaking or singing range; change in voice quality (breathiness, gruffness, a veiled sound); increased physical effort to speak or sing; physical discomfort or pain when voicing; something just not feeling right with the voice.
Emma flinched at his gruffness, chastening herself for making him the object of her vain and childish desires, for disregarding her mother's most obvious lesson, that a man's brief sweetness would lead only to endless chores, and a whole lot of bitterness.