Number One


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Number One

portraying politician Crawford; self-gain as tour de force. [Am. Lit.: Number One]
See: Egotism
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You can't take care of yourself, number one, without taking care of me, number one.'
To keep in the easy road, and keep it at a distance, is object number one with you.'
"No, indeed," said John, "where should I and Nelly have been if master and mistress and old Norman had only taken care of number one? Why, she in the workhouse and I hoeing turnips!
"I did not intend to deride the wonderful discoveries which you have made, but it is only natural that we should both realize that Number One is not beautiful.
It is horrible," and his mind pictured the fearful atrocity which was known as Number One.
Number one seized the mug ravenously, and had just drunk enough to make him wish for more, when Mr Squeers gave the signal for number two, who gave up at the same interesting moment to number three; and the process was repeated until the milk and water terminated with number five.
"Why, number one, they meet; number two, like each other's looks; number three, get acquainted; and number four, get married or not, according to how they like each other after getting acquainted.
Number One has had the misfortune to tread in the creosote.
As number one referred him to number two, and as number two referred him to number three, he had occasion to state it three times before they all referred him to number four, to whom he stated it again.
He would then begin again at the next fifty; seeming to commence at number one each time, as though he could not count more than fifty, and it was only by such a large number of fifties being found together, that his astonishment at the multitude of pages was excited.
'Number one, my dear?' said her father, settling her arm comfortably and confidentially.
"He 's up an' gone, ain't 'e, an' we might as well begin t' look out fer ol' number one. This here thing is all over.