(Becky). The impersonation of intellect without virtue
in Thackeray's Vanity Fair. (See Sedley.)
“Becky Sharp, with a baronet for a brother-in-law and an earl's
daughter for a friend, felt the hollowness of human grandeur, and
thought she was happier with the Bohemian artists in Soho.” —The Express.
Sharp's the word. Look out, keep your eyes open and your wits about
you. When a shopman suspects a customer, he will ask aloud of a
brother-shopman if “Mr. Sharp is come in:” and if his suspicion is
confirmed, will receive for answer, “No, but he is expected back
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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