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Her wake was modest but nice—with hundreds of people, her look-alike sister from Omaha bustling by proxy, pouring coffee and Baileys and handing out cookies and telling funny stories about Mo.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  one thing substituted for another — especially a person


a document giving one person the right to act for another; e.g., to vote at a corporate meeting
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proxy proxies
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  • Her wake was modest but nice—with hundreds of people, her look-alike sister from Omaha bustling by proxy, pouring coffee and Baileys and handing out cookies and telling funny stories about Mo.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Using you as a proxy, because the person I really want to harm can’t be harmed.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • You don’t think this Owen’s idea might be to do the job by proxy, as it were?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It’s not supposed to be known—it was done through a lot of proxies.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • No aunt, no officers, no news could be sought after—the very shoe-roses for Netherfield were got by proxy.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Why can’t I get a death proxy?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Which is why they cross-reference with proxy markers.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You’re deputy-conductor and proxy-vice-president-in-charge-of-operation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He told me of Catherine’s illness, and accused my brother of causing it promising that I should be Edgar’s proxy in suffering, till he could get hold of him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I foresaw my life unfolding as an interminable stretch of nothingness and so I spent most of my childhood years on Tinos floundering, feeling like a stand-in for myself, a proxy, as though my real self resided elsewhere, waiting to unite someday with this dimmer, more hollow self.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • I’ll do it by proxy, when your grandpa comes.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • His surname was Cruncher, and on the youthful occasion of his renouncing by proxy the works of darkness, in the easterly parish church of Hounsditch, he had received the added appellation of Jerry.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • (Officially, it was called the counting room.) Lawyers for each side met with inspectors of elections, whose job it was to approve or eliminate questionable proxies.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Always to be watched, in person or by proxy!
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Sissy was so realistic about her pregnancy by proxy that she simulated morning sickness in the beginning weeks.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Though he had never embraced more than the Jewish ethical code, his fellow-Catholics, whenever they had smarted in person or by proxy under his exactions, spoke of him bitterly as an Irish Jew and an illiterate, and saw divine disapproval of usury made manifest through the person of his idiot son.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The Princess was married by proxy, at her father’s residence, by the Count de Schlusselback.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They were our proxies.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Something like two dozen proxy armies and militias were still fighting in the Congo.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Tom was a distinguished adept at these thefts—by proxy.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Oh, we all call it retirement, and he gets his pension, but the board eased him out—he lost a quiet little proxy fight—and now he doesn’t think he is of any use to anyone at all.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • But a parish has wants and claims which can be known only by a clergyman constantly resident, and which no proxy can be capable of satisfying to the same extent.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I think with a shudder that her daughter will always be present in person, and have no agreeable proxies of that kind,—a fat, blond girl, with round blue eyes, who will stare at us silently.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I had wanted to make others see what was in the Communist heart, what the Communists were after; but I was on trial by proxy, condemned by them.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • "He takes most after his father," muttered my uncle, who was no more anxious to effect an introduction by proxy, in repeating Mamma’s name aloud, than to bring the two together in the flesh.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Understanding that the press, as the public’s proxy, was the most important agent in his campaign, Howard wouldn’t leave the reporters alone.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • CHAPTER XII FARMERS—A RULE—AN EXCEPTION The first public evidence of Bathsheba’s decision to be a farmer in her own person and by proxy no more was her appearance the following market-day in the cornmarket at Casterbridge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • When the family found a young man in the next village to be her husband, she had stood tractably beside the best rooster, his proxy, and promised before they met that she would be his forever.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Shiva was my proxy, just as I had been his when Almaz had given me her breast.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When his proxy murders were finished, he had reduced every game to incomplete fragments.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • If it has to be done, a man — a real man — shoots his own dog himself; he doesn’t hire a proxy who may bungle it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The routine business took an hour; for another hour the shareholders and proxies and company officers held a Yoyodyne songfest.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • No-one felt good when they were separated from all their friends, so he decided that Salander’s lawyer should serve as a proxy friend.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • This had become one of Grace’s favorite tricks, letting Annie learn things by proxy so she could gauge the precise extent of her exclusion.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Then the woman acting as David’s proxy—Angela—says, "So you didn’t know the reason Juanita asked you to disable the security system?"
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • The game served as a proxy for the hoary Mississippi class struggle, between the white folks who wore shirts with collars on them and the white folks who did not.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • There were also Iranians and their Republican Guard, who fought—sometimes directly, though usually through proxies—to both kill Americans and to gain power in Iraqi politics.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • His papal claim to temporal authority was not made for its own sake; proxy dictatorship was, rather, a means, a path to a redemptive goal, a transitional phase from the heathen state to the kingdom of heaven.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In his marine capacity he is admiral-general, and superintends and directs every thing relative to naval forces and other naval affairs; presides in the admiralties in person or by proxy; appoints lieutenant-admirals and other officers; and establishes councils of war, whose sentences are not executed till he approves them.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Independently of his position as a legislator of the State, electors also regard their Representative as the natural patron of the constituency in the Legislature; they almost consider him as the proxy of each of his supporters, and they flatter themselves that he will not be less zealous in defense of their private interests than of those of the country.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Maybe the word ’ugly’ was just a proxy for ’different.’ "
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • and Wayne D. Hoycr, "Promotion Signal: Proxy for a Price Cut?"
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • My kindest wishes, MARGOT LADY FENRING" Jessica nodded, remembering that Leto had referred to the Emperor’s former proxy here as Count Fenring.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And to run the proxy fight, the only lawyer the investor could get was someone like Joe Flom.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Management’s lawyer would contest the proxies of the insurgents ("I challenge this!") and vice versa Lawyers who prevailed in the snake pit excelled at winging it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • In Skadden, the legal historian Lincoln Caplan describes that early world of takeovers: The winner of a proxy contest was determined in the snake pit.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I remember once we had an issue involving a proxy fight, and one of my senior corporate partners said, Well, let’s get Joe in.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • "Flom’s early specialty was proxy fights, and that was not what we did, just like we don’t do matrimonial work," said Robert Rif kind, a longtime partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • An investor would take an interest in a company; he would denounce the management as incompetent and send letters to shareholders, trying to get them to give him their "proxy" so he could vote out the firm’s executives.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It was as though she herself were being judged by proxy.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
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