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  • n. Plural form of formal.


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  • Traditionally, men's shirts are classified as formals and casuals.

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  • Since it is cotton, she can do that more easily, when a lot of "formals" still hang in the closet, made of chiffon and delicate fabrics unsuitable for daily wear.

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  • I would take out those teen romance novels -- stories about lovelorn young girls who wore "formals" and went to proms with boys.

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  • After I asked about the dress, she told me she did not do "formals" and that I had to take it back to where I purchased it.

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  • I have sewn just about everything from home decorator things to mens blazers to formals, but I still prefer the one-hour type pattern that is not time consuming.

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  • I fell for Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, oh yes, and now Lady Chatterley's Lover, seemed innocent as the tulle formals we once wore, our firm neat little tits pressed carefully into the tight-boned strapless bodices, not a line of cleavage to be seen.

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  • And now that Facebook and cellphone photos record every outing, no woman wants to wear the same outfit to two football games, let alone rush-week events, monthly sorority date-night parties, parents' weekend cocktails or formals.

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  • OXFORD, Ohio — Sorority spring formals call up visions of young women in colorful dresses dancing the night away – not vomiting on tables, urinating in sinks or having sex in closets.

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  • While moving from one to another, I rounded a corner to find Lee—his fingertips intertwined, rocking back and forth on his heels, surrounded by a group of the Radford girls, all dressed in their colorful formals.


  • They were all dressed in formals, raw silks in black and gray, and their faces had the same cold, hawkish look.

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