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"There's one thing I don't understand about either of you," Alice returned, crisply.

“Take a chair, please,” he said crisply, without looking up.

"I don't know what you understand, Daniels," he said, crisply.

"No one took particular pains, I should imagine," she said, crisply.

Her tone was so crisply sarcastic that he turned in astonishment.

"That's all right, that's all right," broke in the Captain, crisply.

Dr. Caton, annoyed and disapproving, crisply intimated why Jerry was there.

"Mrs. Janith Duggan," he told the crisply white woman at the desk.

"It did make considerable noise, I imagine," she said crisply.

"Look here, Sarah, this is no time for argument," said Doctor Hugh crisply.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English crisp "curly," from Latin crispus "curled, wrinkled, having curly hair," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." It began to mean "brittle" 1520s, for obscure reasons, perhaps based on what happens to flat things when they are cooked. Figurative sense of "neat, brisk" is from 1814; perhaps a separate word. As a noun, from late 14c. Potato crisps (the British version of U.S. potato chips) is from 1929.

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