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sharp-elbowed (not generally comparable, comparative more sharp-elbowed, superlative most sharp-elbowed)

  1. Possessing narrow, bony, rather pointed elbows.
    • 1802, William Wordsworth, "The Pedlar":
      . . . dire faces, figures dire,
      Sharp-knee'd, sharp-elbowed, and lean-ankled too
    • 1882, Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Professor at the Breakfast Table, ch. 1:
      —Go to the Bible!—said a sharp voice from a sharp-faced, sharp-eyed, sharp-elbowed, strenuous-looking woman in a black dress.
  2. (idiomatic) Pushy; having a boldly assertive manner intended to establish an advantage.

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