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shrewd
used in The House of the Seven Gables

3 uses
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Definition
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • So much weight had the shrewd lawyers assigned to these fables, that (but Mr. Pyncheon did not see fit to inform the carpenter of the fact) they had secretly caused the wizard's grave to be searched.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (40% in)
  • The little boy only put his thumb to his broad snub-nose, with that look of shrewdness which a child, spending much of his time in the street, so soon learns to throw over his features, however unintelligent in themselves.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (5% in)
  • "You fool, you, why do you tell him?" whispered a shrewd little Yankee, caring nothing for the music, but a good deal for the cheap rate at which it was had.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (65% in)

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