One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of speech or intelligence) very quick and incisive.‘rapierlike wit’
- ‘The Italian, though, refused to lie down, breaking again for a 4-1 lead with a rapier-like crosscourt backhand.’
- ‘This could be achieved by threatening from several directions and launching high-speed, rapier-like strikes at operational headquarters and communications centres.’
- ‘With a blog you have the opportunity to set these mistaken people right by exposing them to your rapier-like logic.’
- ‘He found the bottom corner with a rapier-like strike.’
- ‘Students delivered several rapier-like thrusts of logic that impressed the panels of judges, made up of eminent scientists, artists, philosophers and captains of industry.’
- ‘He himself was a good chairman, thanks to his phenomenal memory and his ability to put rapier-like questions which penetrated to the core of the matter.’
- ‘Using his rapier-like jab and speed afoot, Ali earned a lopsided decision in a bout that was physically much tougher than the final outcome indicates.’
- ‘The astuteness and rapier-like quality of his writing doesn't need smarmy expletive witticisms to back it up.’
- ‘His merciless scorn, his blistering sarcasm, his rapier-like thrusts of irony must have made many an opponent squirm.’
- ‘"The whole operation had a rapier-like thrust which could not possibly have been the inspiration of a sick, weary Prime Minister; nor was it his style."’
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