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  • It increased his school-boyish quality: he bit his bottom lip, concentrating.

    The New Yorker Stories

  • His face is doughy and school-boyish, almost at odds with his powerful arms and shoulders; his green army shirt is rolled up at the sleeves, exposing very ornate tattoos of naked women on his forearms.

    Belfast Diaries

  • During this stay in Paris Oscar read enormously and his French, which had been school-boyish, became quite good.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • The whole was written in a large, loose-jointed, and school-boyish hand, very thin on the up strokes and thick on the down, as though care and pains had gone to the fashioning of it.

    Beyond the City

  • Now, I ask, apart from the school-boyish, crude composition of the poem, which throws suspicion merely on the taste, not precisely on the power, of a poet -- where is even the faintest tinge of poetry?

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig

  • I need you in my life and I offer you certain advantages which it would be silly and school-boyish for me to deny I possess.

    Harriet and the Piper

  • During this stay in Paris Oscar read enormously and his French, which had been school-boyish, became quite good.

    Oscar Wilde

  • In one of these school-boyish papers the old man came upon

    The Seeker

  • Lancaster eyed the notes, then took up the envelope and drew out a sheet of paper of poor quality, bearing a few lines in a school-boyish hand.

    Till the Clock Stops

  • Both envelopes were of precisely the same make, and were each addressed to Mr. Hawke's London address in a round, school-boyish, copy-book sort of hand – the hand so easy to write and so difficult to being home to any writer on account of its want of individuality.

    The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective

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