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- v. To make a patron
- v. To treat as inferior unduly, talk down to, treat condescendingly.
- v. To make oneself a regular customer of a business.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assume sponsorship of
- v. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
- v. treat condescendingly
- v. be a regular customer or client of
The clergyman, the district visitor, the professional slummer -- all the people who "patronise" -- never learn the truth, and they positively invite the wastrel classes to lie.
Swarmed around to "patronise" him, was the toughest of tough jobs.
But somehow, it got whispered about that the King had attempted to 'patronise' the poet, and that the poet had very indignantly resented the offered Royal condescension.
Hopefully they will enforce strict penalties against the men who patronise strip clubs, and will throw bans against pornography and prostititution into the mix as well.
As to the film, all it does, says the reviewer, is patronise those cast as the lower classes.
Nick Clegg will tell Demos that the current paternity leave rules 'patronise women and marginalise men'.
Continue to patronise us at your peril and the'll be no one to pull you out.
They raise their families in gigantic apartments, send their children to the best private schools and patronise the pricey bistros that dot the street corners.
Such token efforts by the metropolitan elite to patronise those whom they have left unrepresented for so long should be treated with the disdain they so richly deserve.
There are a couple of things on TV they think are brilliant: Horrible Histories and Little Howard's Big Question, neither of which patronise their audience or seek the lowest common denominator.
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