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  • Her room, when Odo entered it on taking leave of Alfieri, was crowded, as usual at that hour, with the hangers-on of the noble lady's lever: the abatino in lace ruffles, handing about his latest rhymed acrostic, the jeweller displaying a set of enamelled buckles newly imported from

    The Valley of Decision Edith Wharton 1899

  • The lady's toilet completed, to the adjusting of the last patch, he must attend her to dinner, where, placed at her side, he was awarded the honour of carving the roast; must sit through two hours of biribi in company with the abatino, the doctor, and half-a-dozen parasites of the noble table; and for two hours more must ride in her gilt coach up and down the promenade of the Valentino.

    The Valley of Decision Edith Wharton 1899

  • "I'm the servant of your illustrious mother's servants; the abatino of the waiting-women.

    The Valley of Decision Edith Wharton 1899


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  • Italian soccer jargon - a pretty, elegant player who is ineffective. The term literally means 'young priest/brother'. It's sometimes used to describe players who are good enough to attract the attention of big clubs and who, not wanting to get injured before a lucrative transfer goes through, don't get too physically involved in the play or show much commitment.

    December 12, 2007