impishness


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the trait of behaving like an imp

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In her early twenties, she moved to the big city to work in the clothing factory, acquiring the sophistication and alertness of her northern counterparts, yet retaining a childlike impishness.
Buckley's impishness on that occasion, in the debates, and in other press conferences was irresistible, even to hardened reporters who had grown old listening to the bromides routinely dished up by urban politicians.
His nose is snubby and his brow overhung, lending him an impishness crucial to the smile's success; without that edge he would look not happy but stoned.
Some of the dialogue is funny, but elsewhere it's flat and rushed, and he seems to have run out of fresh ideas for court cases: Tonight's, about a black girl wanting to star in the musical ``Annie,'' works thanks only to the young actress' impishness.
As would befit a man whom Leo Strauss credits with "innate impishness," (5) Banfield was not an ideological cheerleader.
It stretches the concept of a seascape to open a show of marines with a painting that proclaims the pleasures of French cuisine--but the wit of placing it there brings out the wit of the painting itself, and is a tribute to Manet himself, who might have submitted it to a show of marines with the same impishness in which he replaced a goddess with a cocotte and sardonically called her Olympia.
There is a look almost of impishness on the infant Jesus's face.
Among the international cast of players, German-born Pallaske is standout screen presence, evidencing a neo-gamine impishness laced with knowing swagger and a widescreen smile.
civilized, with a touch of impishness, like Tolkien and Lewis and
Uchida's impishness and sense of acceptance is strengthened by the constant support of his gently radiant wife (Kyoko Kagawa), and even survives the Allied bombs that force them to move to a doorless hut on a bombed-out estate.
But, while the erudition and the wit appear in the writings aplenty (along with the passion), there is an aggressive impishness which is reserved for person-to-person confrontation in 2-6 Leeke St -- in a style of meeting management which (when I was at the receiving end of it) punctured pomposity as effectively as it inspired commitment.
People even use the term to express impishness, as in addressing a mischievous child as "You little devil.
Tickling students' noses when they were engaged in heated argument was not in Shakespeare's script, but it did express Puck's impishness and enlivened his character for the other students.
Oida's work, then and now, has both a profound spirituality and a devilish impishness that seem to thrive on each other - qualities that allow him to be equally childlike and savage.
Marc Masterson's strung-out, vivid direction suppresses relieving laughter and turns what I sense is a certain impishness of the script into something more like derision.