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“The petit-bourgeois adventurists at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are glad to see Rahm go and are looking forward to battling him in the Chicago mayoral race.”
“Because the driver has (as is his wont) omitted such petit-bourgeois poltroonery as insurance, driving licence and vehicle registration, it will not matter if he is on every visit tracked from low Earth orbit by some huge American spy satellite.”
“Richardson said: It's one of the most interesting periods of Picasso's life – he lives a good, petit-bourgeois, Communist party member's life with Françoise and their two children.”
“To put it another way, it seems to be the case that a progressive public university system with the wherewithal to provide nurture and sustenance to its activist students and professors requires something for which they have thus far had little sympathy: a thriving petit-bourgeois to help pay for it.”
“Looking at McGill beside Beardsley makes one realise not so much how filthy Beardsley's cocks are? with their exposed domes and writhing veins? but how equally subversive McGill's 1930s 'seaside humour was, making a mockery of Britain's interwar flop-on by equipping its petit-bourgeois with such exaggerated symbolism.”
“Could have something to do with the fact that law generally attracts the petit-bourgeois strivers, modern day courtiers.”
“It called them petit-bourgeois mysticism, refuge in the ivory tower.”
“Though Schary had become a highly paid and well-respected film executive, his New Jersey childhood had been a roller-coaster ride from penury to prosperity and back, and his formal education had ended with high school — a sharp contrast to Cohen's petit-bourgeois background and elite Yale education.”
“So you could request one for your dad for his sixtieth birthday, give a few details and back would come a closely typed page of vitriol beginning: Stans continued forays into Southport Bowls Club display the extent of his decline into petit-bourgeois wood-rolling.”
“She was born in Dakar and moved to Martinique before he retired; after that, the family settled in a village in the Lorraine region to a straitened petit-bourgeois existence.”
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