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coy
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • …who would seem to retain nothing of the intellectual faculty but the power to debase himself, and to degrade the very nature whose outward semblance he wears—the reflections of Sir Mulberry Hawk turned upon Kate Nickleby, and were, in brief, that she was undoubtedly handsome; that her coyness MUST be easily conquerable by a man of his address and experience, and that the pursuit was one which could not fail to redound to his credit, and greatly to enhance his reputation with the world.

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as in: a coy, flirtatious smile Define
being or pretending to be shy
as in: coy about her intentions Define
being secretive or reluctant to make a definite or committing statement
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