Brutal Beginning

A descriptor for the abrupt onset of disease—often within 1–2 hours—seen in 12 of the cases of leptospirosis
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Given that brutal beginning, Celts did well to get to the interval just one behind.
After a brutal beginning to his career that featured seven interceptions returned for touchdowns as a redshirt freshman, and just one start since, Lee didn't factor much into the Tigers' plans, most believed.
The marriage goes on to have other troubles, but its brutal beginning, its lingering aftereffects, is not one of them.