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1) Airs. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898
...To give oneself mighty airs: to assume, in manner, appearance, and tone, a superiority to which you have no claim, The same as Air, manner (q.v.). 1 The plural is...

2) To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs. Milton, John. 1909-14. Complete Poems. The Harvard Classics
...That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue. Thou honour st Verse, and Verse must lend her wing To honour thee, the priest of Ph bus quire, 10 That tunest...

3) Putting on Side. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898
...Giving oneself airs. Side is an archaic word for a train or trailing gown; also long, as "his beard was side." A side-coat means a long trailing coat. (Anglo-Saxon...

4) Bumptious. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898
...Arrogant, full of mighty airs and graces; apt to take offence at presumed slights. A corruption of presumptuous, first into "sumptious," then to bumptious. 1...

5) Miscellaneous. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces MISCELLANEOUS Some more trite phrases. The worn-out phrases considered in a former section were of a humorous tendency: we may add here...

6) Repetition. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces REPETITION 'RHETORICAL' or—to use at once a wider and a more intelligible term—'significant' repetition is a valuable element in modern...

7) Metaphor. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces METAPHOR STRICTLY speaking, metaphor occurs as often as we take a word out of its original sphere and apply it to new circumstances....

8) Archaism. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces ARCHAISM Occasional. We have implied in former sections, and shall here take it for granted, that occasional archaism is always a fault,...

9) Inversion. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces INVERSION OF all the types of inversion used by modern writers, there is perhaps not one that could not be shown to exist in older English....

10) Elegant Variation. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Chapter III. Airs and Graces ELEGANT VARIATION WE include under this head all substitutions of one word for another for the sake of variety, and some miscellaneous...

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