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  • v  praise somewhat dishonestly

  • The tired detectives blandished the arrogant suspect in the hope of extracting a confession to a crime.
  • However hard the students blandished the hostel warden, they could not get to see the rock concert.
  • To get this most vital haggle started the agents had to go to British Hongkong and blandish their way into a strongly built house protected by elaborate iron gratings and .

  • George Orwell in New York Times
    James Hadley Chase's novel "No Orchids for Miss Blandish" was published in 1939, but as George Orwell wrote in a censorious essay, it "seems to have enjoyed its greatest popularity in 1940, during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz."

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