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She is a shrewd negotiator.
  smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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shrewd shrewdly shrewdness shrewdest shrewder
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  • She is a shrewd negotiator.
  • She watched him with a shrewd eye.
  • She was too shrewd to take him at his word.
  • Always looked half asleep, but was shrewd as could be when it came to a point of law.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • My boys are young, but they are very shrewd.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • On the other hand, Arkush writes, Chinese proverbs are striking in their belief that "hard work, shrewd planning and self-reliance or cooperation with a small group will in time bring recompense."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • His powers of observation had served him well in a society where only the shrewdest, most opportunistic, most selfish, and least loyal to friends flourished.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Dumbledore’s got a shrewd idea,’ said Lupin, ’and Dumbledore’s shrewd ideas normally turn out to be accurate.’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He was the Machiavelli of Ohio politics, the classic behind-the-scenes fixer, a shrewd and insightful judge of character or, at least, political opportunity.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Dr. Finch became a bone man, practiced in Nashville, played the stock market with shrewdness, and by the time he was forty-five he had accumulated enough money to retire and devote all his time to his first and abiding love, Victorian literature, a pursuit that in itself earned him the reputation of being Maycomb County’s most learned licensed eccentric.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Then his eyes grow shrewd, almost amused.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • She chooses the home shrewdly.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "Of course we’re hoping Eadlyn will find someone worthy of settling down with," Mom began shrewdly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Diana’s eyes were shrewd.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "So he’s quite the shrewd businessman, huh?"
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Hemme gave me a shrewd look.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He watches me with shrewd, judging eyes.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • She eyed Pearl with a shrewd eye, trying to determine if anything still needed work.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He’d built his dynasty slowly, shrewdly—though he swears he didn’t have a clue back then, just knew he wanted to work hard and be successful for Christina and their girls.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • You have a shrewd, strong mind.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • In the twilight the memory of him was very sharp, the soft pink skin aging on his fine cheekbones, the thin aristocratic nose, the eyes, so shrewd and yet so loving.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy …. well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and…
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Sir Peter is a witty man and a shrewd trader, but if he had admired our things as you do, we would have been gladder to let him have them.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • For some reason the old man had taken pity on this helpless white boy, and at the same time he had shrewdly grasped at the chance for his grandson to learn to read.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • "It is not only legal, Mr. McSouthers," Judge Ford replied, signing her name to the check and handing it to the doorman, "it is a shrewd way to keep everyone playing the game."
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Piedmont shrewdly moved at the end of February to ensure the credibility of his boast that Yamacraw Island was "one of the two climate-controlled schools in the county" Since I no longer trusted any of these people, and no longer believed in them as educators or as human beings, it delighted me to see the intensity involved in their efforts to glamorize the two-room schoolhouse on the island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • In any case, it is interesting that my grandmother’s father, after consummating the sale, converted the proceeds into Federal gold dollars of various denominations, no doubt in shrewd foreknowledge of the disastrous war to come, and placed the coins in a clay jug which he buried beneath an azalea at the back of the garden.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He assesses them with his shrewd, twinkly, ironic little eyes and calls them "sir," as if they’re his graduate students.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He has a talent for it," she added shrewdly.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • She looked me over with a shrewd eye, assessing the twitching limbs and faint glaze over the eyeballs.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Ray looked at me shrewdly.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was shrewder than I, however: the moment I sat down I began to feel sleepy.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The old man thrust out his bristly chin, and he regarded Ma with his shrewd, mean, merry eyes.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Its owner was a Mr. Frederick, a tough, shrewd man, perpetually involved in lawsuits and with a name for driving hard bargains.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • There are some shrewd contents in yon same paper.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • My grandfather was much shrewder than that.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • He was a strong-minded man, sir, shrewd, practical, and as unimaginative as I am myself.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It seemed to me that his way of treating the facts showed a certain shrewdness.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • "I maintain," said Stuart, "that the chances are in favour of the thief, who must be a shrewd fellow."
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Frodo said nothing: the shrewd guesses of the farmer were rather disconcerting.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Snape, too, was looking at Harry in an unexpected way: It was a shrewd and calculating look, and Harry didn’t like it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • But this denoted a foregone conclusion: ’tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • It inspected him with shrewd eyes, then flicked its tail dismissively.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And the count turned to the cook, who, with a shrewd and respectful expression, looked observantly and sympathetically at the father and son.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • His expression was shrewd and sophisticated.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • You be the fool," he gazed shrewdly at Brinker, "you do whatever anyone wants whenever they want it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • She gave Piper a shrewd look.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • ’No,’ said the doctor, with a very shrewd and satisfied look.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "AND a passage home?" he added with a look of great shrewdness.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
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