strain courtesy

strain courtesy
phrasal
archaic : to be excessively or unnecessarily punctilious in the minutiae of courtesy : use an excess of civility

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strain courtesy see under ↑strain1
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Main Entry:courteous
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strain courtesy (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)
To treat with scant courtesy, or (Venus and Adonis) to be over-punctilious in courtesy
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Main Entry:strain

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