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  • adj. Excessively polite.


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  • My hands flew up to my cheeks and I remembered those friendly French faces which now flashed before me: the old man on the bike whose smile seemed over-polite the little girl grinning sweetly, ever indiscreetly the young man who said salut (hoot hoot!)


  • It will be very interesting to see the response of the rest of the community if after the over-polite manner in which S+C were treated throughout the report process they rub salt in the wound of having effectively repudiated the report by also refusing to come clean with their data and methods.

    New Satellite Data « Climate Audit

  • My mother led me to Uncle Ben, and he took my hand without rising, muttering something not over-polite, about my being bigger than ever.

    Lorna Doone

  • Supper was a chilly ceremonial set with necessary over-polite remarks.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • I well remember that for a whole year the true name of a hill immediately behind our house at Damascus remained unknown to me: we had called it after our own fashion, and the term had at once been adopted by all our over-polite native friends.

    The Land of Midian

  • She sounded over-polite and as if boring had been her intention, but I simply answered fervently, 'No, you're not.

    Twice shy

  • You can see the same performance take place practically any minute on any city pavement when two over-polite people, each bent on giving the right of way to the other, side-step with such maladroit effectiveness that they succeed only in blocking each other's way: given the right circumstances where two really super-sensitive souls encounter each other the whole embarrassing fandango can continue almost indefinitely.

    Puppet on a Chain

  • And people were no longer over-polite to their elders.

    World of Ptavvs

  • As a Bede, he was bound not to be over-polite to a Garsider; but he thinks a good deal more of you than he did, and so do most of us -- all through Murrell.

    The Hero of Garside School

  • Then came more sweetmeats, followed by dishes of _bêche de mer_, or sea-slugs and fat pork; this we passed, but not until an over-polite

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878


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