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  • s  affectedly genteel

  • The Navy had coasted, apparently confident that Congress would fall for no hifalutin notions about air power and that in the end the whole unpleasantness would blow over.
  • President Sanders invited the 240 members to Alexandria to discuss "practical scientific subjects, not hifalutin brain surgery.
  • Memphis "niggers" (40% of the population) were quiet; and whites, some of whom had Negro mistresses, could say contentedly: "No trouble here; no hifalutin' ideas.

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