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  • v. Present participle of curtsey.


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  • He was engaged in what I should call "curtsying"; that is, bending his leg joint, and dropping his plump little body for a second, then bobbing up to his fullest height, repeating the performance constantly, -- looking eagerly out over the water the while, evidently expecting somebody.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

  • What did she know about, besides curtsying and dinner parties and prim, proper thank-you notes?


  • Of course there were high times, too, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, curtsying to Queen Elizabeth, enduring Eleanor Roosevelt and staying on high alert when thousands of sailors came ashore from U.S. ships.

    Writing about writers: Puerto Vallarta and Jenny McGill

  • Governor General Quentin Bryce, the monarch's representative in Australia and the first woman to fill the role, had greeted the Queen by curtsying.

    Queen in Australia for 10-day tour

  • She knew a little curtsying and bowing never hurt.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • Then lower the back knee toward the ground, as if you are curtsying.

    Keeping Slope-Ready During the Summer

  • But what was the queen saying to her bowing and curtsying subjects?

    In the Pool With the Queen

  • The film is simply a mirror that -- depending on the perspective of the viewer -- reflects either a distorted view of history which glosses over the oppression and brutalization of African people for the good of the South, or the "good old days" when woman's petticoats, curtsying and knowing how to keep ones voice from being shrill were imperative to white female survival.

    Molly Secours: White Washing and Dressing Up History: Grooming Southern Belles For The Tea-Party Movement

  • Unless everyone agrees simultaneously to make the shift, there will be a period of lopsided encounters with one greeter extending a hand and the other, say, curtsying.

    Susan Orlins: 8 Handshake Alternatives to Ward off the Flu

  • “Oh, hel-lo,” Becky says, curtsying by pulling out the sides of an imaginary skirt.

    The New Yorker Stories


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  • Psssst. Alternate spelling - curtseying.

    Not that I was. Counting, that is.


    October 3, 2008

  • Who's counting?

    October 3, 2008