Eager

or eagre. Sharp, keen, acid; the French aigre. (Latin, crude form, acr- “acer,” sharp.)

It doth posset
And curd, like eager droppings into milk.

Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 5.

“Vex him with eager words.”

Shakespeare: Henry VI., ii. 4.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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