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Definition 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
  • The Princess was married by proxy, at her father's residence, by the Count de Schlusselback.
    Thackeray, William Makepeace  --  Vanity Fair
  • Of necessity, many men were tried and condemned by proxy, as in the case of General Lampton.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • The awful thought had come upon her that this ambassadress had come to her as a proxy with a proposal of marriage.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Beyond the City
  • I'll do it by proxy, when your grandpa comes.
    Alcott, Louisa May  --  Little Women
  • Tom was a distinguished adept at these thefts—by proxy.
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • If, for these two reasons, some competent Proxy would give YOU away, I should take it very kindly.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • I supposed it would come some day — but I certainly never thought it would be by proxy.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • 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
  • The supermarket promotion work is described in: J. Jeffrey Inman, Leigh McAlister. and Wayne D. Hoycr, "Promotion Signal: Proxy for a Price Cut?"
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Something like two dozen proxy armies and militias were still fighting in the Congo.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Using you as a proxy, because the person I really want to harm can't be harmed.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The Princess was married by proxy, at her father's residence, by the Count de Schlusselback.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Why can't I get a death proxy?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • It's not supposed to be known—it was done through a lot of proxies.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Maybe the word 'ugly' was just a proxy for 'different.'
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • 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
  • You're deputy-conductor and proxy-vice-president-in-charge-of-operation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • 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
  • Always to be watched, in person or by proxy!
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey

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