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shrewd
used in The Poisonwood Bible

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Definition
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • We see village women constantly sweeping their huts and the barren clearings in front of their homes with palm-frond brooms, and Rachel with her usual shrewdness points out you could sweep a floor like that plumb to China and never get it clean.
    Book 1 — Genesis (72% in)
  • They take turns leaning forward to point out their moves with shrewd congeniality, playing it like a chess match, the kind of game that allows civilized men to play at make-believe murder.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (1% in)
  • As it turns out, though, betrayal can also breed penitents, shrewd minor politicians, and ghosts.
    Book 5 — Exodus (25% in)
  • Anybody who needs anything in Kinshasa—a kidney-stone operation or a postage stamp—has to bargain for it, shrewdly.
    Book 5 — Exodus (56% in)

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