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English-German Translation of
sharp

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von Deseret (SI), 2018-12-08, 09:36  like dislike  Spam?  
But Miss Clarissa giving me a look (just like a sharp canary), as requesting that I would not interrupt the oracle, I begged pardon.
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von Windfall (GB), Last modified: 2018-12-08, 09:59  like dislike  Spam?  
 #901362
The meaning isn't immediately obvious too me. I think the most likely meaning is probably: "intelligent or quick to notice things". In which case a synonym might be 'shrewd". But even with that meaning, it's not clear why you'd say that.
The other meaning I see as possible is "critical", as in "Leonard has a sharp tongue (= often speaks in a severe and critical way)"
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von V.V.V.V.V., 2018-12-08, 10:16  like dislike  Spam?  79.251.240...
 #901364
It's a resumption of the description given some paragraphs before: " They both had little bright round twinkling eyes, by the way, which were like birds' eyes. They were not unlike birds, altogether; having a sharp, brisk, sudden manner, and a little short, spruce way of adjusting themselves, like canaries."

If talking about eagles, "sharp" would mean "watchful" or "observing". These old ladies are obviously not intimidating birds of prey.
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von Deseret (SI), Last modified: 2018-12-08, 11:15  like dislike  Spam?  
 #901365
Given the earlier description of Miss Clarissa (and her sister) as "having a sharp, brisk, sudden manner" (as mentiond by 5xV.) could sharp here mean " moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc: sharp reflexes"?
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von Windfall (GB), 2018-12-08, 12:29  like dislike  Spam?  
 #901371
4;Deseret, yes, what V.V.V.V.V said makes sense and your interpretation of it is the same as my interpretation of it
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von Deseret (SI), 2018-12-09, 08:51  like dislike  Spam?  
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