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shrewd
used in Northanger Abbey

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smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • ...and character, misled by the rhodomontade of his friend to believe his father a man of substance and credit, whereas the transactions of the two or three last weeks proved him to be neither; for after coming eagerly forward on the first overture of a marriage between the families, with the most liberal proposals, he had, on being brought to the point by the shrewdness of the relator, been constrained to acknowledge himself incapable of giving the young people even a decent support.
    Chapter 30 (81% in)

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