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  • Racks of magazines, and pictures of coy fat prostitutes in striped bathing-suits.
  • He became a glorified floor-walker, greeting the men with new poise, no longer coyly subservient to pretty women.

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  • Even the millionaire Dawsons and Ezra Stowbody and "Professor" George Edwin Mott danced, looking only slightly foolish; and by rushing about the room and being coy and coaxing to all persons over forty-five, Carol got them into a waltz and a Virginia Reel.
  • The coy virgin brides.
  • Not as coy or uneasy lovers but as companions they walked to the boat, and he lifted her up on the prow.
  • She wheezed in, sighed, gave Carol a pulpy hand, sighed, glanced sharply at the revelation of ankles as Carol crossed her legs, sighed, inspected the new blue chairs, smiled with a coy sighing sound, and gave voice: "I’ve wanted to call on you so long, dearie, you know we’re neighbors, but I thought I’d wait till you got settled, you must run in and see me, how much did that big chair cost?"
  • She wondered if he did not understand the laboriousness of the smile with which she listened to Kennicott’s account of the "good one he had on Carrie," that marital, coyly improper, ten-times-told tale of how she had forgotten to attend to Hugh because she was "all het up pounding the box"—which may be translated as "eagerly playing the piano."
  • Absorbed in Hugh, asking a hundred questions about him—had he had any colds? did he still dawdle over his oatmeal? what about unfortunate morning incidents? she viewed Aunt Bessie only as a source of information, and was able to ignore her hint, pointed by a coyly shaken finger, "Now that you’ve had such a fine long trip and spent so much money and all, I hope you’re going to settle down and be satisfied and not——"
  • "But, dear, the trouble with that film—it wasn’t that it got in so many legs, but that it giggled coyly and promised to show more of them, and then didn’t keep the promise.

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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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