from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A set of boxes of graduated size, each fitting inside the next larger one.
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"I'm a brute, a savage, and want to kick myself," was Hugh's not very self-complimentary soliloquy, as he went up the stairs.
With this self-complimentary conclusion, Bryan resumed his place at the paddle, and the party returned to the camp.
It is painful and unusual with me to have recourse to such apparently self-complimentary language; but when an adversary drives one into a corner, and will not allow of fair space and fair play, one must fight with feet as well as with hands ... "manibus pedibusque" ...