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officious

Diplomacy informal or unofficial
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The German army officers around him are a blend of arrogance and officiousness, described and dismissed by Rick's Russian bartender as "Germans boom, boom, boom, boom.
It would, you might think, have been possible simply to move the extremely lightweight table but no, a blow against such rural anarchy, must be delivered with maximum officiousness.
Unlike his predecessor, Chief Justice Warren Burger, who was notorious both for his officiousness and the rambling Justices' conferences he led, Rehnquist stood out for, in Justice Stevens' assessment, his ability to handle the responsibilities of the Chief Justice "competently and impartially.
A story by Pontypool Front Row legend Bobby Windsor, said author Davies, "illustrated the miserly officiousness of WRU officials during that era".
There's an acceptably wide line between possessing a reasonable knowledge of the rules, and officiousness.
THERE'S an acceptably wide line between possessing a reasonable knowledge of the rules and a level of officiousness bordering on bowler-hatted bureaucracy.
No doubt there are dynamic people working in local authorities across Scotland, but rightly or wrongly the public perception is of drab institutions hobbled by bureaucracy, officiousness and a lack of imagination.
Even the most junior acquire within weeks of their employment the officiousness of hierophants tending an eternal flame.
Meantime the living generations have signalized their successive occupation of the globe, by waking within it the fierce voices of Discord, Agony, and Revenge, by staining with blood its laughing fields, by cursing with malevolent passions its human abodes, and helping on, with ready officiousness, the carnage of Nature.
Even the most junior tellers acquire within weeks of their employment the officiousness of hierophants tending an eternal flame.
Ivan Il'ich's profession as a judge lends him a certain amount of officiousness that, for the author, is ultimately subject to dismantling.