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  • adverb In a standoffish way.

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  • adverb in a standoffish manner

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Examples

  • Next time I see the princess, I will try out this new technique of speaking standoffishly.

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  • Party honchos have standoffishly avoided endorsing even the simplest elements of the plan.

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  • Elsewhere, a tight-knit group of Klingons huddled standoffishly over megacaffeinated coffee, looking like they were discussing studied trivialities and each privately wondering who in the group would report their words back to the imperial representative.

    Ishmael

  • Elsewhere, a tight-knit group of Klingons huddled standoffishly over megacaffeinated coffee, looking like they were discussing studied trivialities and each privately wondering who in the group would report their words back to the imperial representative.

    Ishmael

  • Four or five tables, cases and stands, backed standoffishly against the tapestry on the walls, and the legs and bases of this furniture were great -- unbelievably great, rococo gilded legs -- legs that writhed and twisted themselves in a sheening agony of impossible forms, before they resigned themselves to dropping to the floor in distress.

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  • Party honchos have standoffishly avoided endorsing even the simplest elements of the plan.

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  • His girlfriend, Becky, the hottest girl in school, stands next to him, standoffishly.

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