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officious

Diplomacy informal or unofficial
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'He was not officious at all, aunt: he never attempted to help me till he saw Mr.
How now, Sambo!" he said, to a ragged fellow, without any brim to his hat, who was officious in his attentions.
Its effect upon her appears in the immediate resolution it produced: as soon as she found I was really gone from Randalls, she closed with the offer of that officious Mrs.
But their officious inquisitiveness was not gratified.
In a few moments a boy entered with a wooden trencher of poee-poee; and in regaling myself with its contents I was obliged again to submit to the officious intervention of my indefatigable servitor.
In vain were the well-meant condescensions of Sir Thomas, and all the officious prognostications of Mrs.
As 53-year-old Hair refused to say why he confiscated the ball and insisted on Pakistan forfeiting the final npower Test after their token protest at his officious attitude, Imran led demands for the International Cricket Council to roll out the Darrell.
However, to remove the threat of yellow cards and dismissals for goalies if a match goes to penalties and they creep off their line is a sensible adjustment to an officious law.
In fact, there was a real thrill in scuttling up and down before we could be caught by a teacher or officious prefect.
The land is teeming with an officious minority of conspicuous consumers and masses of desperadoes.
In truth, the small-minded, officious, overly pedantic jobsworths should be ashamed of this week's decision, which proves they have no shred of romance in their souls nor sense of fair play in their heads.
A Glaswegian of Italian descent, Iannucci was weaned on anti-fascism (and perhaps opera buffa) but he has perfected a distinctively British comic stylecharacter-driven, realistically profane, steeped in panic and predicated on the spectacle of officious idiocy, with touches of Bertolt Brecht's burlesque vision of the Nazis as Chicago gangsters, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.