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Fuss

A German unit of length. Its measure varied in different German-speaking areas, but generally was between 250 and 400 millimeters. It became obsolete with the adoption of the metric system in the 1870s.
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Czech Republic international Repka could have been sent off after an incident sparked by Cain, who fussily ordered the ball to be moved half a yard at a free-kick inside West Ham's half.
The Koreans around us were obviously kalbi experts, fussily rearranging the tidbits over the coals, but our waitress took care of everything, turning, grilling, and finally serving up the most meltingly tender beef I've ever tasted.
Despite these strong points, there are a number of weaknesses to be found in the book as a whole (and not just in the fussily playful title, which conjured up distracting images of re-covering old or threadbare furnishings).
He may not be clinically obsessive-compulsive, but he would have society behave as though it were, fussily refusing to throw anything away.
Of course, this is not a work of fiction, and the only "character" to emerge from the pages of what Stead describes as a text "lying somewhere on the border between literary criticism and literary autobiography" is that of the writer himself: by turns provocative and self-effacing, curmudgeonly and irascible or lyrical and moving, hardheaded or dreamily nostalgic, remembering literary skirmishes long ago won or girding his loins for renewed battle, transgressing the limits of literary and political categories even as he engages them, sometimes fussily insistent on what seems inconsequential detail, but endlessly concerned with getting it right -- facts, memories, opinions, and positions.
Why are so many on the left unhappy and fussily critical?
Rushworth fussily changes these to English, with peculiar results; the famous "Berceuse" becomes "Lullaby" (a change Stravinsky himself did not make until the 1945 suite), while the "Danse infernale" becomes the "Demon Dance" and Stravinsky's "Ballet fantastique" becomes "Ballet Fantasy" rather than the more accurate "Fantastic Ballet." The chain of translations all but unravels in a discussion of the proof copy of the original Jurgenson Russian edition of The Firebird (Schneider's SK [Stichkorrektur], which belonged to Pierre Monteaux before its acquisition by the Sacher Foundation in 1985).
Uniformly succinct (only one essay exceeds twenty pages), each piece is clearly but not fussily positioned in current critical debates, and crisply presents a revisionary thesis.
But Levertov' describes two contrasting gestures in coots, their ordinary locomotion through the water, "heads bobbing, forever urging themselves / fussily forward ...
The story commences with Brown, a fussily dressed Presbyterian Sunday-school superintendent, driving his carriage to Mary Taylor's home to propose marriage.
Furthermore, since the original lighting conditions restricted the use of video cameras during wedding ceremonies, the interior is now illuminated by a series of fussily opulent Venetian chandeliers.
Fussily, the vicar announced that a special committee would be set up to decide just how best to distribute this wealth fairly amongst the many needy.