She tried the direct, how-do-you-do handshake approach, but was blocked by a burly aide-de-camp.
Improbably, the only disguise used by this tall, burly imposing man was to wear worker's overalls.
Based on his sock puppet, I expected him to be a burly bearded giant clad in plaid—basically, a Canadian Paul Bunyan.
c.1300, perhaps from Old English burlic "noble, stately," literally "bowerly," fit to frequent a lady's apartment (see bower). Sense descended through "stout," and "sturdy" by 15c. to "heavily built." Another theory connects the Old English word to Old High German burlih "lofty, exalted," related to burjan "to raise, lift."
Burlesque: even when Buttons was in burly
Very difficult; tricky; dangerous: Check out his burly disaster slide (1990s+ Snowboarders & skateboarders)