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savoir-faire
(French)


She lost her money, but not her savoir faire.
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  • She lost her money, but not her savoir faire.
  • A wave of disbelief swept over me (She is actually grabbing me there, I thought) but I tried to affect a saving savoir-faire.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He was painfully aware that he lacked the ecclesiastical aplomb and savoir-faire that enabled so many of his colleagues in other faiths and sects to get ahead.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Schwartz in particular irritated him by his jocularity, vivacity, and savoir-faire, which reminded him of what he himself had been ten years ago.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych

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  • Neither did she possess that savoir faire, let alone that peculiar appeal for men, that characterized some girls even when they were not pretty.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He felt unnecessarily stiff and awkward among these white-flannelled, bareheaded youths, who must be juniors and seniors, judging from the savoir faire with which they strolled.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • At four there were refreshments in a lunch-room, and this time they paid an even smaller per cent on the total cost; something about the appearance and savoir-faire of the crowd made the thing go, and they were not pursued.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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Associated words [difficulty]:   savoir-faire [9] , Monsieur [2] , adieu [3] , bonjour [5] , bon voyage [7] , coup de grace [7] , au contraire [8] , bon appétit [8] , de rigueur [8] , nouveau riche [8]
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