He did not bore his readers with the technicalities of the Five Orders, the post and lintel, the flying buttress or reinforced concrete.
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At that time, the English used the flying buttress more elegantly.
After the food arrived—Asian fusion, with lots of crispy flying buttresses of wonton and frizzled scallion, from his expression not much to his liking—I waited for him to work ’around to whatever he wanted to tell me.