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I had no idea what I was about to say—doubtless some gauche words of comfort—but it was she who spoke first, behind hands clenched to a tear-stained face.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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gauche gaucheness
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  • I had no idea what I was about to say—doubtless some gauche words of comfort—but it was she who spoke first, behind hands clenched to a tear-stained face.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She said KAEC in a way that implied it was gauche and silly, a distraction from more essential things.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • If you drop your bow and smell like a brewery, it will look gauche.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • In France and Italy, the words for "left"—gauche and sinistra—came to have deeply negative overtones, while their right-hand counterparts rang of righteousness, dexterity, and correctness.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The air of collective displacement, the impermanence of life in wartime and the gauche personalities of the more recent arrivals tended to dissipate my own sense of not belonging.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was a bulky, gauche, noisy, humorous man, with narrow eyes, a rustic complexion, large red hands, and brilliant clothes.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • And for that reason, in spite of his gaucheness (in her eyes) she was inclined to tolerate him—to see how he would do.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I heard the words gauche and ingénue.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Feeling that his question was somewhat gauche, he smiled angrily.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Do you mean that I have been gauche and rude?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End

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  • Constance, the woman in our group, rolled her eyes as if she thought this was so gauche.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • How gauche can you get?
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • And then, it would appear that she realized she should make an effort, and her manner would become odd and gauche.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It would be terribly gauche of me if I did not know how to value your offer of friendship, a friendship with you for his sake.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I soon discovered, however, that most of my neighbors here on the wrong side of both sets of tracks were sympathetic to my written assaults on what one of them called "the gauche and vulgar among us."
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • And as natural, as conventional, as youthfully gauche, as eternally beautiful and authentic as those ancient sounds was the talk of Martin and Leora in that passionate half-hour when each found in the other a part of his own self, always vaguely missed, discovered now with astonished joy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • She wore the same expression that she had done on our first meeting, when I dropped my gloves so gauchely on the floor.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It was two days before school started and they were sitting in the King James Mall’s terraced Frenchinspired cafe, Rive Gauche, drinking red wine, comparing Vogue to Teen Vogue, and gossiping.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • You wouldn’t be as gauche as to ask, "Hey, are you related to the guy who makes vacuum cleaners?
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Finally, in desperation and realizing it was lunchtime in Paris, Alex placed ordinary, unsafe overseas telephone calls to several cafés on the Rive Gauche, finding an old Deuxième acquaintance at one on the rue de Vaugirard.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In short it was compact, of all that gauche luxury of appointment which, as some one once sarcastically remarked, was intended to supply "exclusiveness to the masses."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • "Bella," chided Mrs. Griffiths, while Myra, recalling a gauche uncle and cousin who had come on from Vermont several years before to visit them a few days, smiled wisely.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • For his ideas of luxury were in the main so extreme and mistaken and gauche—mere wanderings of a repressed and unsatisfied fancy, which as yet had had nothing but imaginings to feed it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • ’I’m gauche and awkward, I dress badly, I’m shy with people.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • ’I’ve never said you dressed badly or were gauche.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • In our opinion, it is analytically correct, although—to use Hans Castorp’s phrase—"terribly gauche" and downright life-denying, to make a "tidy" distinction between sanctity and passion in matters of love.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate
  • their excellent manners always made me feel gauche
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