One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘He is remarkable for his thievishness and his destructiveness toward small animals.’
- ‘At first she could imagine no hope for their fondness for bad wine, their thievishness, their absolute unreliability, their invincible resistance to thrift, cleanliness, and common sense.’
- ‘An old adage says ‘There is honor among thieves;’ and obviously, if there were not, there could be no such thing as organized thievishness, or association in mischief of any sort.’
- ‘He may be exuberant or even excessive, and this may cause some excitement, but we see nothing of scandal, vice, thievishness or anything of that kind in this card.’
- ‘For the same reason the breed has a tendency to thievishness, even though they really are very teachable and very well know what is right and wrong.’
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