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patronize -- as in: Don't patronize me.
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  • Himself, he patronized the glittering Pompeian Barber Shop in the Hotel Thornleigh, and every time he passed the Reeves shop—ten times a day, a hundred times—he felt untrue to his own village.
  • They called him "Old Georgie" and shouted, "Come on now, sport; shake a leg" . boys in belted coats, pimply boys, as young as Ted and as flabby as chorus-men, but powerful to dance and to mind the phonograph and smoke cigarettes and patronize Tanis.
  • Incredulously he remembered that he had by his roaring familiarity with them laid himself open to the patronizing of youths whom he would have kicked out of his office; that by dancing too ardently he had exposed himself to rebukes from the rattiest of withering women.

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  • I’m annoyed by her patronizing tone — as though she knows more about my situation than I do.
  • He looked at me as if I was patronizing him.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying

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