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brittle

/brit·tle/ (brit´'l)
1. easily broken, snapped, or cracked, especially under slight pressure.
2. easily disrupted.
References in classic literature ?
I'll call up that poor lad, Brittles, and save him from being murdered in his bed; or his throat," I says, "may be cut from his right ear to his left, without his ever knowing it.
Here, all eyes were turned upon Brittles, who fixed his upon the speaker, and stared at him, with his mouth wide open, and his face expressive of the most unmitigated horror.
We're dead men, I think, Brittles," I says,' continued Giles;
You're a woman,' retorted Brittles, plucking up a little.
If Brittles would rather open the door, in the presence of witnesses,' said Mr.