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  • His interview with "Stillers" and "Skellers", Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern, may conjure up memories of pun-heavy songs at the end of Nationwide and the type of post-supper, dinner-jacket cabaret that one recalls was already outmoded in 1983 when the interview took place, but Johnston launches into it with such brio that it makes your prejudices seem churlish.

    The Best Views from the Boundary – Test Match Special's Greatest Interviews

  • She rubbed her face against my dinner-jacket coat.

    Movie Night

  • I ` m-a dinner-jacket will, moreover, have been encouraged to believe that we are a decadent country of foppish bleeding hearts that would welcome the prospect of being annihilated for the crimes of the British Empire.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • The French term “le smoking” actually means dinner-jacket.

    French Women Don't Get Fat (copy)

  • Could we imagine a world where France has a nuclear weapons capability and Britain does not – or a world where Iran is nuclear-tipped and we are reliant on the Americans to turn Tehran into a glass-coated car park if armoured dinner-jacket really does go off the rails?

    The curse of Trident

  • We dropped off his luggage heavy, because of dinner-jacket etc and were then ready to enjoy this magnificent city, so headed for the great Cathedral: "Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot".

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • He looked so pink and clean and genial in his dinner-jacket.

    The Years

  • He got up as she came in and introduced her to a stoutish, white-haired old man in a dinner-jacket.

    The Years

  • “Now see here, George: I want you to put on your nice dinner-jacket that evening.”

    Babbit

  • I saw that it was an etiquette, like not wearing a white tie with a dinner-jacket, and shaved off my moustache.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

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