from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. all of a class who exhibit and cultivate any peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting characters taken collectively, or any specific class of them, as jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.


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  • First, I wished to see whether her appearance accorded with Mrs. Fairfax's description; secondly, whether it at all resembled the fancy miniature I had painted of her; and thirdly -- it will out!

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • From this height, he could see the rooflines of the fancy houses.

    Son of a Witch

  • Even though the wedding rehearsal was only expected to take about twenty minutes, it was over an hour before we made it to Chez Philippe, the fancy French restaurant where the Daredevils producers had planned the rehearsal dinner.

    Nancy Drew: Girl Detective Model Menace #37

  • We “demarched,” the fancy diplomatic word for lobbying in foreign capitals, we pressed hard in New York, and we called in ambassadors in Washington.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • I did have one other emergency option: I could take a rickshaw down to the fancy part of town to one of two luxury hotels—the Sheraton or the Sonargaon.


  • She looked like no girl from Pennsylvania, not even the fancy ones from the Main Line.

    The Best American Erotica 2006

  • Most people, myself included, often think happiness is what you feel when you get the big job, or the dream house, or the fancy car, or the pined-after lover.


  • From her desk, she admired the fancy loops and extra curlicues that she had added to the tops and bottoms of her letters to make them look like cursive.

    Ruby Lu Star of the Star of the Show

  • It took all the fancy dancing I could do not to be tarred as a traitor-by-family-association.

    Son of a Witch

  • As the backhoe swung a bucketful of dirt, it barely missed one of the fancy banners that had been hung out to greet its sports-hungry visitors.

    Fault Line


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