- 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."