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  • s  primly fastidious

  • He is indeed a Bostonian, with a Harvard accent, a vaguely old-maidish face and a wardrobe of sedate grey suits.
  • The interpretation reflected Weissenberg's desire to "take Chopin out of the salon, make him not old-maidish but masculine.
  • In 1925, after his name had been most prominently mentioned, the Swedish Academy, with the old-maidish perversity for which it is famed, withheld the prize for a year, finally .

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