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A gruff voice comes on the telephone:'Hello! Times, Sunday Times (2017)They can be seen as rough and gruff bandits of the road. The Sun (2015)Some of the older pros were rough and gruff which must have influenced me. Kevin Keegan - Black and White (1993)The male pads about, calling to females with gruff barks. Times, Sunday Times (2007)In a gruff voice, he gave the man a piece of his mind. The Politics of Redress - crime, punishment and penal abolition (1989)Come to me, he said in a gruff voice. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I was shown round by this gruff old foreman and learnt how to make beer. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Just then came a knock at the door of the hut, and a gruff voice asked them to open the door. The Treasure Seekers (1899)Beneath that gruff exterior lies, well, a gruff interior. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The voice is gruff, pure Gotham. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Holden's voice was gruff, almost as if he were close to tears. Anti-Ice (1993)And yes, there is something quite funny about gruff old Churchill learning the power of the way. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Despite a gruff exterior, he was regarded as one of the most decent men in the music industry, always ready to mentor young songwriters. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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