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harpy

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1 a bad-tempered scolding woman
  • in fairy tales stepmothers are often portrayed as harpies who make the lives of their stepchildren miserable

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2 a person who habitually preys upon others
  • having just started to make it really big in the music business, he found himself surrounded by a flock of harpies greedy for a piece of the action

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The first known use of harpy was in 1513

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“Harpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/harpy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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