schoolmasterly love


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  • adjective Befitting a schoolmaster.


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schoolmaster +‎ -ly


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  • Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler was like an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly character, driven at times to exasperation by the infelicities of his wayward pupils, but always wanting the best for them and hoping to provide the best guidance for them ….

    A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition « Books « Literacy News 2009

  • As he walked he extended both his arms and briefly gestured to the senators to take their places, which they did, and somehow that schoolmasterly gesture, and their instant compliance, established his authority.


  • In as much as you can make much of an impression in an atmosphere swinging from febrile to funereal, Mowbray seems sure-footed and his unfussy style does not invite nostalgic comparison with Motty's schoolboy enthusiasm nor with Barry Davies's occasionally schoolmasterly pedantry.

    World Cup 2010: Guy Mowbray faces instant justice from fickle Leeds mob 2010

  • Aversion to niche pitches runs all the way from ITV's schoolmasterly Peter Fincham ( "niche interest programme proposals may be better directed at a niche interest channel"), via Sky's untypically blunt Stuart Murphy (ideas "can't be niche"), to even More4's seemingly fed-up Hamish Mykura (who has had his fill of "programmes people bring me that are too small and niche to survive elsewhere").

    Why don't TV controllers want to find a niche? 2010

  • I love this aspect of Obama's campaign -- the schoolmasterly disgust with bad behavior.

    Obama Camp: McCain Running "A Campaign Not Worthy Of The Office He's Seeking" 2009

  • Hooper replied, in Coleridge's schoolmasterly tone, and they both smiled grimly at the thought of the linguistic strictures under which they were obliged to work.

    Dead Famous Elton, Ben 2001

  • He is a curious character, often elightened and eclectic, he has nevertheless chosen to give the records reviewed a disconcertingly schoolmasterly grade from E - to A+.

    FallNews 1999

  • Seeing him at his desk next to the bald and schoolmasterly Blackwood was, like seeing the classroom dunce placed next to the teacher so an eye could be kept on his work.

    Mortal Causes Rankin, Ian 1994

  • Remini, his most recent and most schoolmasterly biographer.

    The Great White Hope McKitrick, Eric L. 1992

  • I wasn't sure that I'd been shown every alley of the labyrinth; my quiet schoolmasterly brother had been reticent in patches and I'd always guessed that it was because probably in some way he'd used his guns.

    Twice shy Francis, Dick, 1920- 1981


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