(1) And the actors were fractious and the crew was muttering.(2) A whirlwind start set the tone for the game: the exchanges were hard and physical and there were some fractious moments as tempers flared in the struggle for superiority.(3) A system without it could lead to division and multiple parties - and imagine the fractious problem of coalition governments.(4) Thus all the world's ambition gets funnelled through schools, turning academia into fractious circuses of human conflict and desperately competing agendas.(5) People with pain can be fractious and difficult, and elderly people may not be paragons of charm and cheerfulness.(6) An already fractious situation has just got more difficult.(7) For 110 years, it has remained a fractious but unitary organization.(8) And I'm usually alright in the morning but by about lunchtime in the afternoon I tend to get very irritable and fractious and I'm not quite sure why.(9) The youngest children get fractious and older family members get irritable trying to keep the peace.(10) After going backwards at the election and losing ground in opinion polls since, Opposition MPs are cranky, fractious and looking for answers.(11) That is no way to govern, especially when he heads a fractious coalition and his party holds just 11% of the seats in Parliament.(12) The management is difficult, the people get pretty fractious , and it starts feeling like the early years when one is in Opposition.(13) They are, however, extraordinarily difficult to discipline, incredibly fractious .(14) He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky because I knew there was something else and I couldn't remember what it was.(15) He was chosen for his ability to unite the fractious coalition and for his ability to connect to people.(16) One potential course would be a breakdown of central control and a return to fractious regionalism.