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Synonyms for harpy

a person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes

Synonyms for harpy

a malicious woman with a fierce temper

(Greek mythology) vicious winged monster

any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes

large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America

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About us, like buzzards, clustered the sharks and harpies.
They rolled out of the saloon and into the arms of the sharks and harpies.
She hates the sorority system (that Kappa Kappa nonsense is all Greek to us, too) and its pastel-suited harpies, led by the magnificently bitchy Chanel.
Conversely, the ability to deploy several Harpies simultaneously means that they can hold radars at risk simply by loitering in the area of operations, keeping the radars off the air by discouraging operators from activating their equipment.
Anjelica Huston (below) is a perfectly wicked Grand High Witch in Nic Roeg's witty adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book, full of fiendish harpies and hocus pocus.
Sole contender for this week's Airheads award goes to five harpies in London and Cardiff, each from environmental and anarchist groups, who have won the right to claim damages because they were bedded by police officers 'to gather intelligence or for personal gratification'.
In cleverly–created action scenes involving battles with the Harpies, the Hydra and passage through the Clashing Rocks, there are also nods to the style of the 1963 movie.
Writer-director RZA and co-writer Eli Roth dodge a bullet marked Rampant Sexism by transforming these simpering femmes into an army of merciless harpies for the grand finale.
Writer-director RZA and co-writer Eli Roth dodge a bullet marked Rampant Sexism by transforming these simpering femmes into an army of merciless harpies for the grand finale, proving that the female of the species is just as deadly as the male, even in a tight-fitting kimono.
The four included: the Canadian premieres of Marc Blitzstein's 1930 satirical The Harpies and American composer Steven Serpa's 2010 pastoral opera for countertenor and soprano, Thyrisis and Amaranth; the local premiere of the hilarious 1991 Canadian comic opera, Gisela in her Bathtub, by Neil Weisensel in its Nova Scotian premiere; and Ralph Vaughan Williams's moving 1937 tragedy, Riders to the Sea.
Egerton and King summon two more posh harpies from the repertoire and Bill Bailey milks easy laughs as Kim's slovenly father who promises to bathe once a month.
The world of PR is peopled with stick-thin exercise harpies who pore over a Sweaty Betty catalogue with the same enthusiasm that 'Bomber' Haldane Harris has for launching stores.
Four harpies destroy the sole male dancer, presumably following his infidelity and destruction of previous lovers.
The little-known cast, including Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack, are fine, but the real stars of the piece are Ray Harryhausen's animated monsters, including harpies, a bronze colossus, a seven-headed monster and a horde of sword-wielding skeletons.
How have various cultures conceived of witches, angels, harpies, specters and other creatures Pullman uses in his story?