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 (skwûr′ə-lē, skwŭr′-)
adj. Slang
Eccentric, nervous, or crazy.
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1. like or typical of a squirrel in appearance or behaviour
2. informal censorious US very nervous, sensitive, strange, or unpredictable
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or squir•rel•y

(ˈskwɜr ə li, ˈskwʌr-; esp. Brit. ˈskwɪr-)

Slang. eccentric; flighty.
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However, the increased speed made the setup a little squirrelly. He shot OK with it, but he really wanted something comparable to what he had used in the past.
But just so I can enjoy telling folk the story, I plan to design a fly that uses red squirrel in the wing, a rust-coloured body with a wee white bib and a shiny black nose - as squirrelly looking as possible.
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