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black tie
as in:  black-tie event


A soldier stepped into the cold sunshine, an army captain in full-dress uniform: polished black boots, regulationcreased pants, blindingly white shirt, and black tie under a blue wool jacket decorated with captain’s bars, Ranger tab on his left shoulder, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, oak leaf clusters, and the fruit salad of ribbons and hardware that meant he had led troops into battle and tried his best to bring them all home.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  an event to which men should wear a tuxedo
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  • A soldier stepped into the cold sunshine, an army captain in full-dress uniform: polished black boots, regulationcreased pants, blindingly white shirt, and black tie under a blue wool jacket decorated with captain’s bars, Ranger tab on his left shoulder, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, oak leaf clusters, and the fruit salad of ribbons and hardware that meant he had led troops into battle and tried his best to bring them all home.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I’m staring at the pattern on his black tie, which is flipped over his shoulder to avoid getting it wet, when he turns the water off and walks back to the bar.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • A black tie-on skirt fluttered and parted over her modest one-piece swimsuit, and her dark hair lifted from her shoulders in the breeze.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He’s wearing gray pants, a crisp white shirt, and a black tie and carrying a slim attaché case.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • "Informal, black tie, whatever’s called for."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He stared at the man in the open tuxedo shirt with a black tie dangling around his neck.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was delivered to us by a tall, slim man with impeccable slicked-back hair and a white coat with black tie.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Augustus wore a black suit, narrow lapels, perfectly tailored, over a light blue dress shirt and a thin black tie.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • He was a short, stocky man in a black suit, black tie, white shirt, and a gold watch-chain that glinted in the light from the frosted windows.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He had a little black tie on.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • He chuckled again as he held out a cloak for her and a pair of ugly black tie shoes.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The Reverend was dressed in a black suit and a black tie, as if he had just come from a funeral.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • He wore an elegant black suit and black tie, and his demeanor was irresistibly cheerful, which put my grandfather at ease.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • It was something of a rush, getting away, as at the last moment I had to call in at Emmanuel’s place to borrow his black tie and mourning band.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Eight-thirty, and black tie.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He wiped sweat from his forehead on his coat sleeve, slipped off the narrow black tie that hung open around his collar and put it in his pocket.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • But this was a formal, black-tie wedding: Tuxedos and gowns were required for guests, not just the wedding party.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • He took his dark suit out of the clothespress and laid it over the back of a chair, and he put a white shirt and a black tie on the seat of the chair.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • His eyes on the black tie and clothes he asked with low respect: —Is there any…. no trouble I hope?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When the valet returned he put on a white shirt and collar and a black tie with a pearl; the cords of his reading-glasses passed through another pearl of the same size that swung a casual inch below.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • In his liver-colored uniform, black tie, and polished shoes he looked inevitably miscast in life, a man uncomfortable with the accoutrements of his profession, as if he had dressed for a costume party and now wandered about in the disguise.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Usually he wore suits as brown and hairy as his mustache, but this morning he wore a dark blue suit and a black tie.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • He was wearing a black tie and his old blue seaman’s suit.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • He was always wearing stay-pressed slacks and a white shirt with a black tie thin as an exclamation mark.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • As a young admirer had once said of him: "If anybody can tell a fellow just when to wear a black tie with evening clothes and when not to, it’s Larry Lefferts."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • And its being me, Kostya Levin, who went to a ball in a black tie, and was refused by the Shtcherbatskaya girl, and who was intrinsically such a pitiful, worthless creature—that proves nothing; I feel sure Franklin felt just as worthless, and he too had no faith in himself, thinking of himself as a whole.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • That same night I was invited to a lavish black-tie party in honor of the beautiful and glamorous Isabella Rossellini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • "You thought that would be a black tie occasion, did you?" he teased, touching the lapel of his tuxedo jacket.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • He was dressed in a midlength black leather jacket, blue shirt, black tie, and black trousers.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Hope is dressed in an old black Sunday suit, black tie, shoes, socks, which give him the appearance of being in mourning.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • The grandfather was dressed in a black broadcloth suit and he wore kid congress gaiters and a black tie on a short, hard collar.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • And the latter, now that he saw Clyde in an ordinary tuxedo with a smart pleated shirt and black tie, as opposed to the club uniform in which he had last seen him in Chicago, was inclined to think him even more attractive than before—not quite as negligible and unimportant as his son Gilbert had made out.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Inside, on the turned-over heels of the yard shoes I hadn’t remembered to change, I walked to the mirror to knot my black tie and saw backward, by the drape in the living room, the tense belly of Uncle Charlie, his sharp feet prepared, and sitting waiting in the oriental mix-up of brass, silk, wool, and all that gave the place so much power, Lucy, her mother, and Sam, observing me.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Some men could wear black tie and not look as elegant as Hunter Brown looked in jeans.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He was wearing a dinner jacket, black tie, dress shirt.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • He wore a white shirt and a black tie, like always.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • He wore a vest open all the way, and a checked soft shirt, with a black tie hanging untidily.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • More than a thousand people gathered for a black-tie party at a tent set up in the parking lot.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • White killers in black tie!
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • We dine at the captain’s table tonight (black tie and evening dress) and begin our Pacific crossing.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • I started to object when I saw them but Rufo said firmly, "She said ’informal’ and that means black tie."
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • All the lights were turned up in the drawing room; and by the blazing fire George sat, in dinner jacket and black tie, cuddling the dachshund, Schuster, on his knee.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The Head of the Department is about forty, very correctly dressed: dark blue suit, a rosette of the Legion of Honour, starched collar, black tie, large brown moustache.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Philip thought it was a severe ordeal that the young man was being exposed to, since Athelny, in his brown velvet jacket, flowing black tie, and red tarboosh, was a startling spectacle for an innocent electrical engineer.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The edges of his rounded high collar were rough from frequent laundering, his black tie was threadbare, and he apparently didn’t even bother with cuffs—Hans Castorp could tell from the limp way the coat sleeves draped around his wrists.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A black derby accentuated the sharpness and sedentary pallor of his face; a jacket, loose on his tall spare frame, buttoned up in a V close to the throat; and above the V a tightly-knotted black tie was mounted in the groove of a high starched collar.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Once you were Tolstoi’s young man; now you are Byron’s young man; perhaps you will be Meredith’s young man; then you will visit Paris in the Easter vacation and come back wearing a black tie, some detestable Frenchman whom nobody has ever heard of.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • So you saw Kwang in news spots talking with Hispanic youths at a boys’ club in Washington Heights, amongst the revelers in black tie at a plush Manhattan hotel party, playing miniature golf with union bosses in Staten Island, walking the streets with black church leaders in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Black tie.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When we had dressed, she stared at my black tie and asked if I was in mourning.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
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