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: difficult, hairy
skidded around gnarly hairpin turns —Austin Murphy
: bad, nasty
has some pretty gnarly karma coming —Drew Barrymore
: cool, good
some gnarly guitar playing
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1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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gnash one's teeth
3 Sep 2018
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: very difficult or bad
: very good
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an open space surrounded by woods
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