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sharp tongue

A tendency to speak in a malicious or highly critical manner. Be prepared for your annual review—the boss tends to have a sharp tongue when going over your shortcomings. The mean old lady who lived on the corner made a reputation among us kids with her sharp tongue.
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sharp tongue

Fig. an outspoken or harsh manner; a critical manner of speaking. He has quite a sharp tongue. Don't be totally unnerved by what he says or the way he says it.
See also: sharp, tongue
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Godfrey is all the readier to enter into the conspiracy, having himself suffered from your sharp tongue in the course of the evening.
"She was a good woman, Rebecca; she had a quick temper and a sharp tongue, but she wanted to do right, and she did it as near as she could.
She would understand Sarah's sharp tongue, her unhappy brother, the cruelty of Charley Long, the justness of the bookkeeper's beating, the day-long, month-long, year-long toil at the ironing-board.
This was an old bachelor, Shinshin, a cousin of the countess', a man with "a sharp tongue" as they said in Moscow society.
He did not want Mary Ann, now a woman hard upon middle age with a sharp tongue, to catch them in a compromising position.
She had few friends and bore a reputation of having a sharp tongue. When he began to think about her, Curtis Hartman remembered that she had been to Europe and had lived for two years in New York City.
And although his second wife was "a simple ignorant woman and somewhat worldly too," with a sharp tongue and short temper, she was kind to her step- children and the home was still a happy one.
Sir Patrick's sharp tongue had got the better of him once more.
A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.
He had simply furnished her sharp tongue with a new sting.
Margaret Beckett is victim of the trio's sharp tongues as she makes a masked appearance.