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  • n  a quick and penetrating intelligence
    I admired the keenness of his mind
  • n  a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
  • n  thinness of edge or fineness of point

  • Today when I think of it, even now as I write of it, the keenness of our loss comes back to me as fresh and as terrible as it was in that long dark day soon after Christmas .
  • She approaches her characters with curiosity and determination, with an anatomist's keenness to discover what makes them tick rather than a narcissist's desire to refashion them .
  • Keith Moon, their great drummer, had taken some of the band's careening keenness with him when he died in 1978.

  • Richard Lambert in
    Mr Lambert said: "Of course, businesses don't expect graduates to arrive on day one fully trained, but what they do value in graduates are their people skills, a focus on the customer and a keenness to solve problems."
  • Walter Smith in
    Asked if there was still a role for Adam at Ibrox, Smith said: "Of course there is. He played in the game on Saturday. Unfortunately for us, he was ill. Such was his keenness to play that he didn't mention it. There was a little bit of sickness on...
  • Kevin Keegan in
    Keegan said: "I had no problems putting David Edgar in. He had a little bit of an iffy start, to be fair, trying to win a couple of balls that Franz Beckenbauer in his prime wouldn't have tried to win. But that's just keenness. After that, the...

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