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  • s  marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  • s  marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
    a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors"- Crary Moore

  • This season she charmed the front row with a collection inspired by 1950s souvenir scarves and the quirky tchotchkes (beaded bags, raffish straw hats and embroidered suede .
  • The unlikely offspring of a raffish snake-oil salesman and a strict Baptist mother, Rockefeller grew up in several rustic hamlets in upstate New York and Ohio.
  • No longer is it a sinful secret of the moneyed elite, nor merely an elusive glitter of decadence in raffish society circles, as it seemed in decades past.
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  • Theater: ‘Merry Wives’ promises a fun Shakespeare romp in the park
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the heels of the success of his two Henry IV history plays, with their beloved central figure of the raffish Sir John Falstaff and his bevy of disreputable cohorts, author William Shakespeare “must have thought he was really onto something,” said director and actor David Girard. It was not long afterward that Falstaff, a supporting player in the oh-so-dramatic Henrys, got ...
    July 9, 2013 - The Troy Record

  • Arnold Stang in Chicago Tribune
    To counter Berle, the blowhard and egomaniac,Mr. Stang recalled in a 2000 interview with The New York Times, "my character was raffish, unsophisticated and caustic, contrived to cut him off at the ankles."
  • Michael Blakemore in New York Times
    Rupert brings that upper-middle-class milieu with him,Blakemore said. "He's very good with language, and he's also slightly offbeat and modern, very much at ease but quite raffish."
  • Ruskin Bond in Telegraph.co.uk
    Mussoorie has always been a bit raffish, maybe like Blackpool,says Ruskin Bond. "But it maybe had a certain charm. Simla has always been a bit stiff, because you had the Viceroy looking over your shoulder in the old days. But if you came...

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