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brittle

/brit·tle/ (brit´'l)
1. easily broken, snapped, or cracked, especially under slight pressure.
2. easily disrupted.
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But it cannot be denied that Blomfield's tweaked pylons do seem strangely exotic, flaring outwards at their bases rather than standing brittly vertical like the French models visible in Hillier's La Route des Alpes (1937).
Opening with a funeral to Wood's voice over narration, unfolding in flashback over the space of three years, and delivering a darkly ironic twist that throws all the emotional balls into the air, it deftly balances sharply witted, brittly funny moments with ones of genuine pain and piercing poignancy.
Our table was already filling up with an array of brittly confident 30-something lawyers, bellowing with laughter and trying to outdo each other with the sort of flippant conversational sallies that are obviously tips of huge icebergs of legal and Zeitgeisty knowledge.