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  • n. Plural form of grown-up.


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  • He had borne the brunt of the anger and betrayal that they felt toward "Grups," as they called grown-ups, and had worked to restore their trust, and prepare them to receive adult care.

    The Cry of the Onlies

  • We've got much in common with "adult orphans," what some sociologists have dubbed grown-ups whose parents are deceased.

    Sole Survivors: Adult Orphans Preserve, Adapt Traditions

  • I was taught to call grown-ups by Mister and Missus or Brother and Sister, but if she wanted me to call her Brenda, I would try.

    Keep Sweet

  • “Robert says in America children call grown-ups by their first names.”

    Stones from the River

  • She wished she could call Frau Abramowitz by her first name—Ilse, which was so much prettier than Abramowitz—but children had to call grown-ups by their last names and address them with Sie—the formal you.

    Stones from the River

  • That's how State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams aptly described the behavior of so-called grown-ups in their handling of embattled School District Superintendent Arlene C.


  • He took another helping of what John had called the grown-ups’ spaghetti, full of suspicious green bits.

    Starting from Scratch

  • She still couldn’t get used to this business of calling grown-ups by their first name.

    Tell us we’re home

  • “No, out here we just call grown-ups ‘uncle’ and ‘aunt’—especially if they’re people we really like.”

    Secret of the Night Ponies

  • “My momma says it’s impolite to call grown-ups by their first name,” Meredy said as she watched Abby climb the ladder.

    Carolina Mist


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