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  • It was dirty, my mother said, unlady-like, but it didn't seem to matter when I had other lady features: breasts, for example, or long blond hair.

    Everything I Had

  • After accomplishing that unlady-like task, I was feeling pretty damn good about myself, feeling a little more empowered — a little more cocky, a little more back-to-the-middle of middle age.

    Chicken Soup for The Soul : Moms & Sons

  • My language has been described as unlady-like at best and drunken sailor-like at worst.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • However, her impression that women use more tag-questions ( "Nice day, isn't it?" because they're socialized to believe that assertion is unlady-like) is not so outdated, but these days, men also use the tag-question hedging technique.

    How A Hug Lasts Forever

  • In it, the hotel heiress is begging for the camera ` s attention and throwing out some rather unlady-like language.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2007

  • And, yes, there ` s even something we can all learn from these unlady-like battles.

    CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2007

  • Then you go into the bathrooms and are both mervelled and perplexed at the remote control sized panel on the side of the toilet with random buttons for "flushing noises" that last for 25 seconds but don't actually flush the water anyway (so the instructions on the wall say) because it's considered unlady-like for anyone else to hear you pee.

    lily-white Diary Entry

  • Hovering over the porcelain bowl in a very unlady-like way.

    What Happens in Baja Should Stay There! - Baja Cantina

  • THE fiendish and heartless conduct of a large number of the people of the South towards Union men during the war, and especially the unlady-like demeanor of rebel women at New Orleans and other points, is

    Clotelle; or, the Colored Heroine, a tale of the Southern States; or, the President's Daughter

  • Rubbers being then unknown, and the shoes of stout calf-skin, that their country cousins were only too glad to get, were disdained by these dainty dames as coarse and unlady-like.

    The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 4, April, 1886

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