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  • s  lacking cordiality; unfriendly
    a standoffish manner

  • But a financial pinch isn't the only reason McDonald's is winning fans in Europe and in standoffish France in particular.
  • The times demand more standoffish behavior from a columnist if he is to be trusted as an observer identified with the public's side.
  • After her nearly three-year marriage to Jackson ended in 1999, Rowe was often viewed as standoffish, and she did little to alter her public image after the singer's death.
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  • Our Man in Arlington
    It appears the descendants of Peter Rabbit have taken over Arlington. Perhaps you’ve noticed a proliferation of rabbits on our suburban greens this year, and maybe you’re astonished that these commonly standoffish furry friends are suddenly willing to sit still, stare and quiver just a few feet from imposing humanoids. [...]
    July 24, 2013 - Falls Church News-Press

  • Darrell Hair in International Herald Tribune
    I've always been a little bit ...... standoffish in that I've always preferred to let them play the game themselves and only get involved when things go overboard,Hair told a Sydney radio station Thursday.
  • Jeffery Deaver in Forbes
    People have tended to be a bit standoffish at first,Deaver said. "They're a little troubled by the books."
  • Barry Bonds in ESPN
    There's a lot of times I want to say I'm sorry to some of the fans. You're only strong to a point and then you get nervous,Bonds told KGO. "I'm kind of standoffish and stuff and you can't really explain that."

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