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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of governess.
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But there isn't much left of the way God made a girl, by the time she's been curled and dressed and governessed for years, is there?
Our old nurse taught me to say it when I was small, and though it has been pretty well governessed out of me since then, it's sure to pop up when I get confused and nervous.
It's awful to have a resident teacher in the house, and be an only pupil; you feel governessed out of your life.
'She has been governessed and crammed till she is half sick of all reading,' said Claude, 'of all study -- ay, and all accomplishments.'