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wary
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
nervous about (or distrustful of) someone or something
  • As he glanced timidly up, and met the Jew's searching look, he felt that his pale face and trembling limbs were neither unnoticed nor unrelished by that wary old gentleman.
    Chapter 18 — How Oliver Passed His Time in the Improving Society of.... (14% in)
  • Nancy's appearance gave a new turn to the conversation; for the boys, receiving a sly wink from the wary old Jew, began to ply her with liquor: of which, however, she took very sparingly; while Fagin, assuming an unusual flow of spirits, gradually brought Mr. Sikes into a better temper, by affecting to regard his threats as a little pleasant banter; and, moreover, by laughing very heartily at one or two rough jokes, which, after repeated applications to the spirit-bottle, he...
    Chapter 39 — Introduces Some Respectable Characters with Whom the.... (34% in)

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