They are, however, extraordinarily difficult to discipline, incredibly fractious .
And the actors were fractious and the crew was muttering.
Two horses were approaching from the high, barren hills; the man in front was having difficulty controlling his fractious horse with one hand.
People with pain can be fractious and difficult, and elderly people may not be paragons of charm and cheerfulness.
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.
That is no way to govern, especially when he heads a fractious coalition and his party holds just 11% of the seats in Parliament.
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.
For 110 years, it has remained a fractious but unitary organization.
After going backwards at the election and losing ground in opinion polls since, Opposition MPs are cranky, fractious and looking for answers.
One potential course would be a breakdown of central control and a return to fractious regionalism.