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1Having or showing sharp powers of judgement; astute.‘she was shrewd enough to guess the motive behind his gesture’‘a shrewd career move’
astute, sharp-witted, sharp, acute, intelligent, clever, alert, canny, media-savvy, perceptive, perspicacious, observant, discriminating, sagacious, sage, wise, far-seeing, far-sightedcunning, artful, crafty, wily, calculating, disingenuouson the ball, smart, savvysusspawkyheads-uplong-headed, sapient, argutehave all one's wits about oneView synonyms
- ‘Pitt made his way to power more by shrewd political judgement and sheer luck than by public acclaim.’
- ‘Your admirers and detractors alike have used these terms - an astute politician, shrewd, cunning - to characterise you.’
- ‘Shumba was a fast fellow though and with a shrewd, sharp glance at Shanza he sat back for a moment.’
- ‘Her observations of people quickly gave her a shrewd idea of people's personalities and hence she could, for example, give friends advice on what to expect when associate with certain others.’
- ‘Miller's round body and comeback saga make him a fan favorite, but he's neither quick nor shrewd enough to play quality defense.’
- ‘The great Democratic presidents were not merely shrewd enough to balance their domestic programmes with a proficiency at fighting wars.’
- ‘He was a very shrewd, very sharp head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.’
- ‘However, he worked hard and his shrewd diplomatic judgement enabled him to help forge an alliance with France in 1717-18.’
- ‘The case cannot be literally proved, of course, but we have a shrewd idea of what can happen when such regimes are left to choose the initiative.’
- ‘A shrewd businessman, he raised his fees to unprecedented heights - and his envious rivals followed his example.’
- ‘Whether Gandhi made her move out of shrewd calculation or simple magnanimity, it was a political master stroke.’
- ‘Aside from sponsoring motor races, Gordon was shrewd enough to recognise the potential of the infant motor industry.’
- ‘General manager Danny Ferry made a shrewd move in signing the 32-year-old power forward.’
- ‘So it apparently represents what he enjoys, but it may also reflect a very shrewd choice of career path in the future.’
- ‘Slaveowners claimed that their practices, unlike sharp and shrewd Yankee treatment of factory workers, were unprofitable.’
- ‘In a press conference held in Melksham, the extent of his ill-gotten gains was revealed giving an insight into a man who the police describe as manipulative and a shrewd businessman.’
- ‘The sisters have already adopted a shrewd business move to allow children and their parents to learn together at the same time.’
- ‘Businessmen will hire shrewd youngsters, who will help boost business.’
- ‘This acts as another check on presidential power and a shrewd president will realise this.’
- ‘Talking of money, the reporters were shrewd enough to know that there was an emergency allowance set aside for those deprived of their means of livelihood.’
2archaic (especially of weather) piercingly cold.‘a shrewd east wind’
- 2.1(of a blow) severe.‘a bayonet's shrewd thrust’
- 2.2Mischievous; malicious.
- 2.1(of a blow) severe.
Middle English (in the sense ‘evil in nature or character’): from shrew in the sense ‘evil person or thing’, or as the past participle of obsolete shrew ‘to curse’. The word developed the sense ‘cunning’, and gradually gained a favourable connotation during the 17th century.
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