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  • He is putting me in mind of a type of client that Irving Yalom describes in his group therapy text: “Obsequious and carefully avoiding any sign of aggressivity, they are often masochistic, rushing into self-flagellation before anyone else can pummel them.”

    THE HUSBANDS AND WIVES CLUB

  • Obsequious waiters instantly swarm the scene, putting up room dividers, dragging away corpses and apologizing profusely to diners for the disturbance.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Obsequious waiters instantly swarm the scene, putting up room dividers, dragging away corpses and apologizing profusely to diners for the disturbance.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Obsequious waiters instantly swarm the scene, putting up room dividers, dragging away corpses and apologizing profusely to diners for the disturbance.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Obsequious waiters instantly swarm the scene, putting up room dividers, dragging away corpses and apologizing profusely to diners for the disturbance.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Obsequious and servile demeanor should be saved for one's spouse, where it can do some good.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Obsequious to his boss -- he wouldn't sit down with Stambolic until told to do so -- he was tough on underlings.

    The Balkans Bully, Few Friends

  • Obsequious grooms came running to take their reins.

    Knife of Dreams

  • Obsequious waiters took his dressing – bag and overcoat, the landlord himself welcomed him at the door.

    For the term of his natural life

  • Obsequious to the last moment, the jackal makes haste to fill his belly from the ribs of his late lion almost before he is cold.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860

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  • I found this in the Reader's Handbook on page 299.

    October 4, 2010