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propriety
used in Main Street

5 uses
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Definition
socially correct or appropriate behavior
  • Fields of springing wheat drew her from the straight propriety of the railroad and she crawled through the rusty barbed-wire fence.
    Chapter 12 (7% in)
  • But the propriety was shaken out of her, and she delightedly continued to ejaculate "Nev' in my LIFE" as she saw the living-room door opened by invisible hands and shoes hurling through it, as she heard from the darkness beyond the door a squawling, a bumping, a resolute "Here's a lot of shoes.
    Chapter 6 (75% in)
  • Though they began with propriety, Carol sitting by the kitchen table and Bea at the sink or blacking the stove, the conference was likely to end with both of them by the table, while Bea gurgled over the ice-man's attempt to kiss her, or Carol admitted, "Everybody knows that the doctor is lots more clever than Dr. McGanum."
    Chapter 9 (91% in)
  • In ready-made clothes and ready-made high-school phrases they sank into propriety, and the sound American customs had absorbed without one trace of pollution another alien invasion.
    Chapter 22 (35% in)
  • a thick, black-bearded, cynical Frenchman who would sit about and drink and sing opera and tell bawdy stories and laugh at our proprieties and quote Rabelais and not be ashamed to kiss my hand!
    Chapter 22 (74% in)

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