Covetousness (See GREED.)Alphonse and Gaston
personifications of overdone politeness. [Comics: Horn, 77–78]
hypocritical teenager, gracious toward adults, pugnacious toward children. [TV: “Leave it to Beaver” in Terrace, II, 18–19]
his excessive courtesy a stratagem to break Katharina. [Br. Lit.: The Taming of the Shrew]
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