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Some big, burly, brainless cur of a fellow was always ahead of me.

No burly drayman or big butts of beer, were wanted for apologies.

Old Dismukes was with them; burly, bushy, dingy, on a huge roan charger.

On the sidewalk, a queue of men was being held in line by a burly cop.

A burly man with bushy whiskers was waiting for us at the door.

He was a short man, burly, with curly hair, and not an unpleasant face.

A burly Cumbrian came into the box, and gave the name of Thomas Scroope.

The under sheriff and a burly fellow in black were standing side by side.

It opened at that moment, and a burly, elderly man came in heavily.

One of the burly Swiss caught him by the neck in a grip that made him cry out with pain.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, perhaps from Old English burlic "noble, stately," literally "bowerly," fit to frequent a lady's apartment (see bower). Sense descended through "stout," and "sturdy" by 15c. to "heavily built." Another theory connects the Old English word to Old High German burlih "lofty, exalted," related to burjan "to raise, lift."

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