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flourish
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  • The general was lord of a flourishing family, consisting of his wife and three grown-up daughters.
  • A stylist would not allow these ornaments, or attempts at flourishes—just look at these unfinished tails!

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  • This writing allows for flourishes; now a flourish is a dangerous thing!
  • This writing allows for flourishes; now a flourish is a dangerous thing!
  • It is a terrible idea, but it is historic, it is statistic; it is indeed one of those facts which enables an intelligent historian to reconstruct the physiognomy of a special epoch, for it brings out this further point with mathematical accuracy, that the clergy were in those days sixty times richer and more flourishing than the rest of humanity and perhaps sixty times fatter also….
  • But on one occasion he explained seriously to Gania that he was no Jew, that he did nothing dishonest, that he could not help the market price of money, that, thanks to his accurate habits, he had already a good footing and was respected, and that his business was flourishing.

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as in: the business is flourishing Define
to thrive (grow or develop well)
as in: dismissed them with a flourish Define
a showy gesture or: the act of waving -- a hand or an item
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