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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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On its first literal level, Johan Johan is simply a farce with no positive characters at all: a stereotype of a shrewish wife can have no positive connotations for the audience, the cliched treatment of the figure of priest bears no better associations, a cuckolded husband, finally, is too passive and concerned with appearances to gain the spectator's sympathy.
One is the shrewish wife tradition that exists in women's lived reality but is condemned by and excluded from official gender prescriptions.
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.
She abandons her shrewish behavior in order to take up the role of princess.
Shakespeare has made minimal use of the Menaechmi idea of the husband running from a shrewish wife, who has no name, to a courtesan, who has a name and an identity.
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.
The compacting is also pretty hard cheese on Mary, for her comments, reprimands, and questions become a shrewish refrain here, while in the full manuscript she sometimes seems to be the only sane mind in the camp.
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.
Martin is equally clear, since the misogyny that characterizes the two appended texts is a feature also of the fabliau, which relates the story of the biological havoc wreaked on a Norman peasant and his shrewish wife when the latter is allowed to make the first of four wishes granted to the peasant by St Martin.
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).