He was brusque and candid, two traits she hadn't yet gotten used to.
His tone was brusque.
The Bulgarians, on their side, allocated a whole army to the task of dealing with it, by investment, brusque assault or regular siege, or a combination of those methods.
Brusque, impatient and sarcastic, his often abrasive manner rubbed many crewmembers the wrong way.
Recollections of their easy triumph in 1894 and perhaps thoughts of Sevastopol, German theories of the " brusque attack," the fiery ardour of the army, and above all the need of rapidly crushing or expelling the squadron in harbour, combined to suggest a bombardment and general assault.