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shrew

a small, 2 to 3 inches long, pointed-nosed, insectivorous mammal which has a moderately long tail and a very savage disposition. They are members of the family Soricidae and there are a large number of species including the common shrew (Sorex araneus).

shrew virus
a rhabdovirus with some antigenic relationship to rabies virus.
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Nazarian's very shrewish delivery mimicked Portia's delight over Morocco's and Aragon's failed attempts to select the correct casket.
As Brown notes, shaming rituals were sometimes directed against wife beaters--although this predominantly became the case only in the seventeenth century--and shrewish behavior was a mode of female self-defense that was by no means always viewed critically.
All the favourite characters are back again ( Rene's nagging, shrewish wife, Edith; the local Gestapo officer with the regulation limp, Herr Flick; along with his favourite obsession, Helga, the commandant's secretary, a blonde, blue-eyed German frau of the first order.
He catches Bill O'Reilly blowing hard ("I've almost been killed three times," Carlson quotes O'Reilly, dubiously), Barney Frank in a shrewish mode ("I think you're filled with hatred," Frank sneers at him), and Jerry Falwell embracing his brothers in publicity hoghood, Alan Dershowitz and Geraldo Rivera ("he's a brilliant fellow.
The shrillness of Marjana Lipovsek went a bit beyond the need of depicting shrewish Fricka.
It's quite a difficult thing for me to play things with a comedy element having been known for playing shrewish, professional women.
Verdurin (the shrewish hostess whose upgrade to princess reveals the nullity of the society that the narrator earlier worshiped) looks like Ernest Borgnine in drag, with saucy tight black leather gloves; or in Robert de Montesquiou's pretty phrase: "like Queen Pomare on the lavatory seat.
On the publication of the long-awaited novel Ada, Time hailed Nabokov as "the greatest living American novelist," but British critics dismissed it as "Nabokov's Waterloo" and castigated Vera as "a shrewish, controlling dragon lady, who held her husband hostage in Montreux.
Thornburg ruled that the display of the religious doctrines, joined by a statue of "Lady Justice," was legally protected because, "when considered in the totality, only a narrow and shrewish interpretation of the display could lead one to conclude that it is an endorsement of Christian or Jewish faith.
WHEN school teacher Eliza (Hope Davis) finds a love poem addressed to her publisher husband Louis (Stanley Tucci), her shrewish mother (Anne Meara) insists on getting to the bottom of the mystery.
But the Finns take theatre seriously, too (actually, they take everything seriously), and care discussions about the woeful portrayals in their nation's drama of Finnish men as drunkards and Finnish women as shrewish fishwives run late into the night.
The critics of momism employed a kind of vulgar Freudianism that placed the blame for juvenile delinquency, maladapted children, and all manner of social pathologies on shrewish, powerful, over-protective mothers (momism is the lurking motive for James Dean's behavior in Rebel Without a Cause).