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  • adv. In a fruity way.


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  • The "fruitily perfumed pineapple weed" that came to Britain from Oregon in the late 19th century and then began to spread throughout the countryside, Mr. Mabey says, "exactly tracked the adoption of the treaded motor tyre, to which its ribbed seeds clung" as if the treads were the soles of climbing boots.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling

  • His son John was even more fruitily inclined and ran one of the best nurseries in the country where he produced the Tillotson peach, started and edited the Country Gentleman, invented the smoothing harrow, and wrote such gripping pieces as “The Fruit Culturalist” and “Farm Implements and Machinery.”

    American Connections

  • When I was nine, I was fruitily sentimental, fluid: and my widowed aunt played Chopin, and I bent my head on the painted wookwork, and wept.

    pyxopotamus Diary Entry

  • She was an excrudatingly petite bluestocking with a fruitily upper-class accent; interngent, educated, charming and almost irritatingly attractive, but with the inexplicable flaw of a sexual craving for short-arsed Glaswegian investigative journalists who could break into hotel rooms.

    Quite Ugly One Morning

  • He was too intensely a club man, a filler of large armchairs in dark panelled rooms full of old exploded reputations and fruitily repeated secrets: 'Won't say a word, old boy.'

    Come To Grief

  • 'Away with ye,' husked Jock Ferguson, coughing fruitily into a handkerchief.

    A Rude Awakening

  • In distinct ways, they reflected modern sensibilities: Tissot's genre scenes were too fruitily morally ambiguous for many British observers, Sargent reflected new money through opulent images of the families of wealthy bankers, and Whistler's views of the Thames were near-abstract, privileging harmonic colour and light over specific description.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Most of the criticism (though I acknowledge that some of it was expressed very fruitily indeed) was almost entirely ad idem: that people were utterly fed up with this sort of thing, that Conway’s behaviour clearly fell far below that which must be the minimum expected of MPs, that decisive action by Cameron was needed and that this was a clear opportunity to put blue water between Labour and the Tories.

    Tories Ceauşescu Moment?


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