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  • "All these distinguished people here to see something written by our Alfred!" exclaimed one of them in amazement at the sight of the smartly got-up first night audience.

    That Ubu That He Did So Well

  • It is not a rich old gentleman, with the gout in his vitals, brushed and got-up once a year to look as vigorous as possible, and brought out for a public airing by the few survivors of a large family of nephews and nieces, who afterwards double-lock the street-door upon the poor relations.

    Speeches: Literary and Social

  • The duel, in which he had just played his part, struck him as something false, a got-up formality,

    The Torrents of Spring

  • To my mind, the whole thing had a got-up look, and one wonders how it should be perpetuated.

    04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004

  • ‘Well, my lord,’ said he, after a few minutes of got-up enthusiasm respecting Brien Boru, ‘I congratulate you, sincerely.’

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • “It was a got-up thing and it was too transparent, and so badly acted.”

    The Possessed

  • His starched collars and got-up shirt-fronts were achieve - ments of character.

    Heart of Darkness

  • The proprietor of a certain popular restaurant in New York has a fad for hanging elaborately got-up Scripture texts -- exhortations mostly -- around the walls of his restaurant.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude

  • That the whole conspiracy was a got-up affair between Jacob Myers and the police was evident.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists

  • It will establish a broad distinction to note the fact, that whereas our friend the Archdeacon would collect several imperfect copies of the same book, in the hope of finding materials for one perfect one among them, Inchrule would remorselessly spurn from him the most voluptuously got-up specimen (to use a favourite phrase of Dibdin's) were it tainted by the very faintest suspicion of "restoration."

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

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