good manners


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Noun1.good manners - a courteous manner
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
niceness, politeness - a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
urbanity - polished courtesy; elegance of manner
graciousness - excellence of manners or social conduct
chivalry, politesse, gallantry - courtesy towards women
respectfulness, deference, respect - courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
civility - formal or perfunctory politeness
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They would soon spoil your good manners, and you wouldn't be respec'able any more.
Tosilos begged him to explain what had happened him, but Sancho replied that it would not be good manners to leave his master waiting for him; and that some other day if they met there would be time enough for that; and then getting up, after shaking his doublet and brushing the crumbs out of his beard, he drove Dapple on before him, and bidding adieu to Tosilos left him and rejoined his master, who was waiting for him under the shade of a tree.
She must have good manners and get my meals on time and do what I tell her and always be very polite to me.
Robin was a little warmed with his sister's rudeness, but he was even with her, and yet with good manners too.
Isabel pointed to the villas, as a necessary concession to good manners, before the groom could anticipate her.
Each lady was previously well disposed for an agreement, and saw nothing, therefore, but good manners in the other; and with regard to the gentlemen, there was such an hearty good humour, such an open, trusting liberality on the Admiral's side, as could not but influence Sir Walter, who had besides been flattered into his very best and most polished behaviour by Mr Shepherd's assurances of his being known, by report, to the Admiral, as a model of good breeding.
About fifty fluffy yellow youngsters were at school, being taught good manners and good grammar by a young hen who wore spectacles.
He was still more surprised to find among them almost every face that had caught his attention in the crowd; but his companion having whispered him outside the door, that it was not considered good manners at The Boot to appear at all curious about the company, he kept his own counsel, and made no show of recognition.
I daresay you are," remarked Jane, with what might be described as one of her annual bursts of courage; "but all the same, Mirandy, it wasn't good manners, and it wasn't good religion
But emperors and rich men are by no means the most skilful masters of good manners.
You don't know what you mean any more than the cat does, but the sentiment seems to imply a proper spirit on your part, and generally touches her feelings to such an extent that if you are of good manners and passable appearance she will stick her back up and rub her nose against you.
If I might offer any apology for so exaggerated a fiction as the Barnacles and the Circumlocution Office, I would seek it in the common experience of an Englishman, without presuming to mention the unimportant fact of my having done that violence to good manners, in the days of a Russian war, and of a Court of Inquiry at Chelsea.