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Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

Beastly luck, but I shan't be able to see you to-night even in Cairo.

I say, put on your old greasy; you are looking so beastly clean.'

The man's beastly drunk—he's sulking—he could talk if he liked—who cares?

He whirled around, trying to shake off his beastly antagonist.

A beastly country this, with its everlasting hills and woods!

I was going to cut the service, and they keep me for their beastly war.

He declined to stir, they could go and eat their beastly dinner all by themselves.

They fiercely decline to add to what they term the beastly uproar.

Well, it was somebody else's—it was all a joke—I did n't want the beastly thing.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "brutish, sensual, debased;" late 14c., "in the manner of a beast," from beast + -ly (1). Weakened in British upper crust use to "awfully, exceedingly" by mid-19c. Beastly drunk is from 1803.

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