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  • A handful of salt on the not over-clean table constituted his butter.

    COFFEE-HOUSES AND DOSS-HOUSES

  • He wore rather baggy gray shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock - coat, unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as an ornament.

    Sole Music

  • Tom knew by these signs, and by his not being shaved, and by his not being over-clean, and by a sort of wisdom not quite awake, in his face, that he was a scientific old gentleman.

    The Lamplighter's Story

  • From the slow-moving, over-clean cops getting up the gumption to volunteer to rescue people to the woman smelling the extra-white sheets of her missing loved one to the trapped man scrawling "I heart U" on a scrap of paper it is old-fashioned, maudlin dreck.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • She was not over-clean or tidy, but there was no harm in her.

    The Woman in White

  • In fact, I found him a little later gravely concerned over the drying of a naturally not over-clean pair of socks which were hung up in close proximity to our evening milk.

    The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told

  • She gave her a torn and not over-clean frock to put on instead of her own clothing, and insisted that she don the ugly garment at once.

    Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies The Missing Pearl Necklace

  • Long, low, with four tawdry glass and gilt chandeliers hanging from the not over-clean ceiling, cushions spreading all over the floor excepting in the middle where lay an exquisite Persian carpet, long mirrors on all sides, little inlaid tables, and at the far end, built into the wall with steps leading up to it, a bed behind gilt bars, the door in which was fastened by a gilt padlock.

    Desert Love

  • His linen was not over-clean, and he wore a long surtout coat.

    Cord and Creese

  • In dress, he was very threadbare, and, sooth to say, not over-clean; yet he was jaunty, and moved with the air of a man much better clad.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

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