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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of curtsey.


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  • The housekeeper cackled, smoothing a hand down her apron front as she curtseyed them in.

    Earl of Durkness

  • They were greeted, curtseyed to and shook hands with each person graciously.

    Lissa Coffey: Royal Marriage Manners

  • She curtseyed to him, holding her skirt out to its full width.

    Judge deveraux

  • The woman, giggling overloudly, turned and curtseyed to the pit.

    Exit the Actress

  • She curtseyed, A bit of Inquisitor goes a long way.

    An Heroic Tale in an Enormous Tomb « A Fly in Amber

  • We all bowed and curtseyed and fell to the floor, and then he left.

    Empire of Dreams

  • Joanne mock-punched him, then curtseyed—“Thank you, kind sir”—and they waltzed around the carpet, Margaret and Angus McLean joining in, laughing, smiling, good friends together.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • I curtseyed and turned to go, but the doctor said in a low voice, “Stay a moment, Patience.”

    The Secret of the Sealed Room

  • And Tulippa curtseyed just as deeply, for she thought his red hair was quite charming.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • How many pretty gentlemen have been unmercifully jilted by pert hussies, after having curtseyed to them at half a dozen operas; nay, permitted themselves to be led out twice; yet, after these encouragements, which amount very near to an engagement, have refused their billets-doux, and perhaps married other men, under their noses.

    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Lady Lisa Robertson

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