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catty

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a unit of weight, used esp in China, equal to about one and a half pounds or about 0.67 kilogram
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Featherston and Sloat are compelling, the latter grating on our nerves as much as Katie's as he foolishly introduces a Ouija board to the house, then rows with his frazzled girlfriend, cattily telling her to "go hang out with your friend upstairs
This same brush is more sloppily applied to MPs, in generalia, also: a majority of Welsh Labour MPs opposing 'One Wales' is explained, cattily, as 'self-interest' predicated upon a 'concern about the impact of further devolution on their own status and number' (and as subsequently warranting 'little consideration').
I think there should be more Johns out there," says Basu cattily.
It's an unnamed mid-level CIA bureaucrat whom Mayer cattily describes as a "tall, pale-skinned, spiky-haired redhead who wore bright red lipstick" and whom cia men hated for her aggressiveness.
Unpromisingly, "Crowned" opens with the usual reality-competition yada yada yada -- the contestants ooh and ahh over their digs, a "magnificent pageant palace"; they all say something like, "I definitely think we're the team to beat"; they cattily disparage the other teams (but not cleverly or nearly enough to make this a guilty pleasure); and react slackly to the judges' every utterance.
On learning of Brice's operation, Parker wittily if somewhat cattily remarked that Brice had "cut off her nose to spite her race.
Gazza's stepdaughter, 20, piled on two stone during the desert island TV show and was cattily dubbed "one cupcake away from obesity" by fellow contestant Alicia Douvall.
Taylor wrote cattily that he 'suffered from excessive cleverness'--was the new Foreign Secretary.
For instance, her husband Harry's biographer Geoffrey Wolff cattily snipes, "In her autobiography Caresse uses the kinds of symbols and social shorthand to draw herself that one gossip-ridden matron might use to draw and quarter another matron while at tea with a third" (83).
But the actual star was Danilova," Nini Theilade recalls, just a touch cattily.
And it's with such swaggering sesquipedalianismo that an entire career of work can be cattily dismissed: "My review has raised doubts about the provenience of virtually every 'compelling,' unambiguous artifact.