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In a testy exchange, Carone accuses Republican state representatives of tampering with state voting records when one official tells her the poll book is not off by 30,000 votes.

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The Anglo-American “conversations” about the timing of the second front often grew heated and testy.

OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday, a meeting that will, according to the Wall Street Journal, be a mite testy.

He seemed a bit testy, angry, as if the world were against him.

I've never seen a government official get quite this testy with a reporter.

There is a relationship that develops, tense and often testy, between a journalist and his quarry.

But hitherto he had found none to answer his challenge, and his humour was testy.

Just as the testy trade of Upsal demanded the franchise for its eighty-one women, so would the Lowell mill.

Gordon opened his door a little way, and exclaimed in a testy and irritable tone, "Presently, presently."

As late as 1908 a caustic critic was challenged to a duel by the testy and furious family head of the Gourgauds.

On these occasions he was often seen to regard them both with a puzzled look on his somewhat testy but still kind-hearted face.


On this page you'll find 85 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to testy, such as: annoyed, cantankerous, cranky, edgy, exasperated, and grumpy.

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