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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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The contestants are chatting idly, cattily, in front of their huge vanity mirrors.
Will I forever be deprived of the pleasure of entering a house for the first time and secretly, cattily, judging its occupant by the quality of his library?
Jeff comes in with Undine, who cattily remarks of her rival, "I've known Belle since before she straightened her hair." After asking if Belle's boyfriend is still in jail, she attacks Belle, resulting in a classic "catfight" on the dance floor.
After catching Gaga's act, she told Rolling Stone (10/29/09) that "I can see myself in Lady Gaga," but added cattily: "When I saw her, she didn't have a lot of money for her production, she's got holes in her fishnets, and there were mistakes everywhere.
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!" Physical manifestations of the malevolent spirit start with a light turning on in the middle of the night, or a shadow moving across the bedroom door.
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').
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.
On learning of Brice's operation, Parker wittily if somewhat cattily remarked that Brice had "cut off her nose to spite her race." Although much of Brice's comic effectiveness came from physical comedy and sight gags--a spoof of Salome dancing, send-ups of opera divas, imitations of movie star vamps--she was known primarily as a Jewish comic who exploited Yiddish dialect.
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).
I am the star.' But the actual star was Danilova," Nini Theilade recalls, just a touch cattily. George Zoritch says, "Alicia would assume a very beautiful pose and half smile and all that wonderful quality, but her waistline would go out like a pear.