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  • “Your mother would be proud to know you are growing into a fine-sounding lady.”

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • “It is not right having a fine-sounding lady doing kitchen chores.”

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • Where the words are singular, to make them plural is the mark of unlooked-for passion; and where they are plural, the rounding of a number of things into a fine-sounding singular is surprising owing to the converse change.

    On the Sublime

  • Unless such attitudes change, it is likely the carbon storage project will end up as another fine-sounding small step toward a cleaner future while the economy as a whole continues to take giant strides toward heavy, coal-fired industry.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Editors usually follow Hyder Rollins in supplying a dropped r for the second one, to get th [r] ough; [17] but Keats often writes a shorthand emphatic downstroke that implies two letters, and I think here he may have liked the fine-sounding of Though/blows/though enough to let it ride.

    Sounding Romantic: The Sound of Sound

  • You look more like yourself now, George, You and your friend took some fine-sounding names, didn't you!

    Working Without a Net

  • The President's continued refusal even to say the word, to name the place, to include it in his fine-sounding call to an American role as a "standard bearer" renders the rhetoric empty, the nuance devious, the intellect derailed.

    Harry Shearer: The Missing Word in Obama's Nobel Speech

  • Don't settle for warm words and fine-sounding declarations.

    Trudie Styler: Do We Want To Be The Generation That Destroyed Ourselves?

  • You don't change a long-standing policy without first knowing how it will be implemented and then gloss it over with fine-sounding statements like "the families will be protected".

    The Ban on Dover is Lifted - SpouseBUZZ

  • All that being said, however, I remain skeptical about arguments which try to link fine-sounding general ideas about internationalism, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, etc.etc. with the concrete and distinct practice of poetry-making.

    am I an americanist? : Stephen Burt : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

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