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  • v  grant in a condescending manner

  • He interlards his conversation with phrases out of Dickens or Thackeray, loves to write what he calls "erudite letters" (favorite word: vouchsafe).
  • We peasants from the sticks were counting on him and his uniformed bank guards to vouchsafe the purity and integrity of The $64,000 Question.
  • Writing Home gives the reader a sporting chance at understanding Bennett; it is as close to an autobiography as this gentleman is likely to vouchsafe.

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