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shrewd
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War and Peace
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  • And the count turned to the cook, who, with a shrewd and respectful expression, looked observantly and sympathetically at the father and son.
  • The stern, shrewd, and penetrating expression of that look struck Pierre.
  • He is a very shrewd and garrulous fellow.
  • A shrewd, kindly, yet subtly derisive expression lit up Kutuzov’s podgy face.
  • "Well, what do you want us to do?" he repeated and his eye shone with a deep, shrewd look.
  • Scarcely had he opened his mouth when one of the senators, a man without a tooth in his head, with a shrewd though angry expression, standing near the first speaker, interrupted him.
  • Everyone sitting in this antechamber experienced the same feeling of respect and even fear when the enormously high study door opened and showed the figure of a rather small old man, with powdered wig, small withered hands, and bushy gray eyebrows which, when he frowned, sometimes hid the gleam of his shrewd, youthfully glittering eyes.
  • Yet the shrewd and experienced Kutuzov accepted the battle, while Napoleon, who was said to be a commander of genius, gave it, losing a quarter of his army and lengthening his lines of communication still more.
  • For them all, that old-fashioned house with its gigantic mirrors, pre-Revolution furniture, powdered footmen, and the stern shrewd old man (himself a relic of the past century) with his gentle daughter and the pretty Frenchwoman who were reverently devoted to him presented a majestic and agreeable spectacle.
  • But the once proud and shrewd rulers of France, feeling that their part is played out, are even more bewildered than he, and do not say the words they should have said to destroy him and retain their power.

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  • She is a shrewd negotiator.
  • She watched him with a shrewd eye.

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