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- ‘Another newspaper and another story, acerbically pointing out: ‘One of the standard replies which citizens complaining to police about thefts hear is, ‘check in the pawn shops’.’’
- ‘‘I can see the headlines now,’ he said acerbically.’
- ‘Crime makes an easy political issue, and there could well be a contest for who can offer the toughest line, and who most acerbically will apportion blame.’
- ‘Some lower clergy acerbically accused members of the hierarchy of ‘collaboration’ with the intelligence agencies of the former communist state.’
- ‘‘If you're looking for your grandparents, they left,’ she informed me acerbically.’
- ‘She expresses it in her typically acerbically entertaining way.’
- ‘Although I wouldn't put it anywhere near as acerbically as the Professor, he undoubtedly has a point.’
- ‘Flying on the wings of an ubiquitous electric slide guitar, a distinctive if quavering voice, and her acerbically accurate songwriting, the Ottawa songwriter has crafted what sounds suspiciously like a Canadian roots rock classic.’
- ‘He acerbically points out that women, slaves and colonized peoples did not need to wait a few hundred years for postmodern thinkers to insist that a supposedly universal modernity had excluded and subjugated them.’
- ‘‘Sorry, Montgomery, I'm not used to looking for them,’ Jessie says acerbically.’
- ‘‘The names engraved in gold inside it’, he notes acerbically, ‘are supposed to inspire veneration and awe, not to motivate the young to examine the lives of the named individuals with curiosity and patience’.’
- ‘‘No, so it would appear,’ he retorts acerbically.’
- ‘This is a remarkably candid self-assessment from a legendarily prickly man of whom his own ex-wife once acerbically observed: ‘His self-regard was easily punctured and his reaction was protracted and troublesome.’’
- ‘‘Much effort will be given to unteaching that which is not true,’ he wrote acerbically.’
- ‘She replied acerbically: ‘Once you've lived through the diagnosis, the worst is behind you.’’
- ‘‘Yes, and I'm sure that's why Shawn's blood is all over the floor,’ the vice principal said acerbically.’
- ‘‘Because I'm one of the things that's being negotiated,’ I said acerbically, with my tone as much a grudge toward him as bitterness at being in my position.’
- ‘Even as he held magisterial power over the audience (he asked for quiet and got it) during the autobiographical ‘Freehold,’ Springsteen offered not an oversincere paean to his hometown but an acerbically funny look at small-town life.’
- ‘What is left in ‘her’ wake, however, is an acerbically astute representation of a social environment in which mothers are routinely erased, undervalued, and ‘trapped’ within the domestic milieu.’
- ‘And so far, he's the only one doing the provoking, I thought acerbically.’
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