An astute politician would say something outlandish but easily dismissed by outsiders.
astute piece from Jonathan Mahler at Bloomberg View today on why football is not likely to go the way of boxing.
His clothes seem less a personal pursuit of perfection and more of an astute understanding of brand management.
Sayyaf may be an ultra-orthodox Sunni Muslim, but he is also an astute politician.
This collection shows you just how complex and funny and astute she was from the start.
Besides this question of handicap, he was afraid with so astute a man as Coburn he would sooner or later give himself away.
You are so clever, you are so astute when you put your mind to it!
Nevis was far too astute to disparage the man he did not like openly to his wife, so he made a sign of assent.
This astute man of the world attacked him along peculiar lines.
This arrangement did not, however, meet the approbation of the astute William, who insisted on dividing the spoils by lot.
1610s, from Latin astutus "crafty, wary, shrewd; sagacious, expert," from astus "cunning, cleverness, adroitness," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Greek asty "town," a word borrowed into Latin and with an overtone of "city sophistication" (cf. asteism). Related: Astutely; astuteness.