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shrewd
used in Babbitt

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Definition
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • The entrance was too modern to be flamboyant with pillars; it was quiet, shrewd, neat.
    Chapter 3 (62% in)
  • There were four of them on the long seat; a fat man with a shrewd fat face, a knife-edged man in a green velour hat, a very young young man with an imitation amber cigarette-holder, and Babbitt.
    Chapter 10 (49% in)
  • He was to share a room at the Hotel Sedgwick with W. A. Rogers, that shrewd, rustic-looking Zenith dealer in farm-lands.
    Chapter 13 (36% in)
  • The air was shrewd, the snow was deep in uncleared alleys, and beyond the city, Babbitt knew, were hillsides of snow-drift among wintry oaks, and the curving ice-enchanted river.
    Chapter 17 (54% in)
  • His shrewd starveling face broadened with joy at dinner, and he blurted, "Gee whillikins, Mrs. Babbitt, if you knew how good it is to have home eats again!"
    Chapter 17 (69% in)
  • Zilla may do a lot of rough talking, but she's pretty shrewd.
    Chapter 20 (58% in)

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