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de rigueur

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  • He mailed it in an envelope with the mourning vignettes that were de rigueur for a letter to a recent widow, and with no return address on the back.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Knowing him is de rigueur in certain circles.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • And beside her a very de rigueur youth of fine physique and pink complexion nodded jerkily.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Yet there were still the occasional sweat parties, the room inspections, and the de rigueur harassment at mess.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He studied shapely young coeds, older women professors, and female visitors in the Duke Blue Devils T-shirts that seemed de rigueur for outsiders.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • It's de rigueur.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • While his process was quite clean, environmentally speaking, he was setting up in business at a time when public pressure on industry was such that some gesture of ecological concern was pretty much de rigueur.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • It became de rigueur among architecture critics and historians to argue that Burnham in his insecurity and slavish devotion to the classical yearnings of the eastern architects had indeed killed American architecture.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Everyone has subjects of conversation, ladies for instance.... people in high society always have their subjects of conversation, c'est de rigueur, but people of the middle sort like us, thinking people that is, are always tongue-tied and awkward.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ...italianos though candidly he was none the less free to admit those icecreamers and friers in the fish way not to mention the chip potato variety and so forth over in little Italy there near the Coombe were sober thrifty hardworking fellows except perhaps a bit too given to pothunting the harmless necessary animal of the feline persuasion of others at night so as to have a good old succulent tuckin with garlic de rigueur off him or her next day on the quiet and, he added, on the cheap.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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