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over-respectful

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  • His manners seemed to her good on the whole, but a trifle over-respectful and out of fashion.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • She was, after that, once or twice impudent to me, when I gave her a well-meant general hint to be careful in her conduct; and, worse still, she was not over-respectful now, on the few occasions when

    The Moonstone

  • But, as we grow older, and become more self-conscious, we are perhaps not over-respectful of the wisdom of the aged.

    The Centennial of the University of Virginia, 1819-1921

  • They tend to be over-respectful -- the sort of respectfulness that presupposes reward, -- and to brandish _sirs_, or to be shy and silly, or else to treat one with a more airy familiarity than the acquaintanceship warrants.

    A Poor Man's House

  • Occasionally, where it is not intended to be over-respectful to a visitor, a servant will bring in the tea, one cup in each hand.

    Historic China, and other sketches

  • She was, after that, once or twice impudent to me, when I gave her a well-meant general hint to be careful in her conduct; and, worse still, she was not over-respectful now, on the few occasions when Miss Rachel accidentally spoke to her.

    The Moonstone

  • This isn't the way to provide toilets: nor is being over-respectful of "democracy" or the established institutions such as the Customs Service.

    Forbes.com: News

  • To be over-respectful doesn't sit well on a lover, and 'tis most unfair and very trying to the lady, poor soul! "

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • "Then he became timid and over-respectful, and not at all like himself, and I all the time just longing to make up to him all the arrears of kindness which were due.

    Double Trouble Or, Every Hero His Own Villain

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