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  • v. Present participle of curtsey.


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  • As soon as they spotted me, they fell all over each other laughing and making wolf whistles, curtseying and carrying on.

    The Majesties

  • In fact I was so keen that Signora Diani moved from curtseying and waltzes straight into proper dance lessons, complete with little pointe shoes hard as china.

    The Seven-Pointed Star, part 1 of 2

  • Remember to start small, you have all month to build up to draping trench coats across puddles and curtseying.

    Katie Campbell: Fun September Holidays You May Not Know About

  • She avoided the sun and used creams in elegant bottles, so that her complexion, already naturally light, became lighter, brighter, and took on a waxy sheen; and at the hair salon, where different shades of female power were most understood, she had all the hairdressers hovering around her, over-praising her handbag and shoes, curtseying deeply as they greeted her.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Miracle

  • It was a genuine emotion, quite disinterested, since she loved them in as much in exile as in power, and the act of curtseying was the consummation of this love.

    2009 June 19 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • I imagine myself on that stage, curtseying and bowing and graciously smiling, but as much as I want to be up there, in full makeup and a crinoline dress, I know in my gut that I could never do it.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • She glared at Nick, who dropped to his knees, then at Skye, who was so terrified that her legs gave way, leaving her with the semblance of curtseying.


  • In Makiki, in bed, chain-smoking and sipping her vodka tonic, Madam Ma had made little Chip practice curtseying and asking nicely for his food.


  • “Your Grace, my sister,” she says to me, curtseying low.

    The White Queen

  • After curtseying to the Monarch and any other members of the Royal family who might be present, the debutante "then passes on, keeping her face towards the King or Queen, and leaving the room in a succession of curtsies".

    Archive 2009-02-01


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