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Word: knotty

Definition: intricate; difficult; tangled; CF. knot


Sentences Containing 'knotty'

'Trot, I tell you what, my dear,' said my aunt, one morning in the Christmas season when I left school: 'as this knotty point is still unsettled, and as we must not make a mistake in our decision if we can help it, I think we had better take a little breathing-time.
Finally, leading him out of the church they carried him to the judgment seat and seated him on it, and the duke's majordomo said to him, "It is an ancient custom in this island, senor governor, that he who comes to take possession of this famous island is bound to answer a question which shall be put to him, and which must be a somewhat knotty and difficult one; and by his answer the people take the measure of their new governor's wit, and hail with joy or deplore his arrival accordingly."
He tried the effect of a sojourn in the south of France, and a winter at Bournemouth, but returned to Liverpool in the spring of 1884, and died on 5 May at his residence, Ashfield, Knotty Ash.
Henry Arthur Bright (9 February 1830, Liverpool - 5 May 1884, Knotty Ash) was an English merchant and author.
I never could more than get one knotty thing learned before another presented itself.
In the course of time I began to get the best of this knotty lesson, and my self complacency moved to the front once more.
Two or three times, the matter in hand became so knotty, that the jackal found it imperative on him to get up, and steep his towels anew.

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