beard-stroking

beard-stroking

n
deep thought: the response involved much beard-stroking.
adj
boringly intellectual: a beard-stroking bore.
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EVEN for a beard-stroking philosopher who needs little excuse to wax lyrical about tactics, Nuno Espirito Santo is on great form.
They observe and ruminate while doing some wise beard-stroking and comb fiddling.
THE outcome of the Witney by-election has totally contradicted the prognostications of the beard-stroking political pundits and other so-called soothsayers.
Unfortunately for Iosef, Wick used to work for his dad, the beard-stroking villain Viggo (Michael Nyqvist).
Wodehouse; or that "Groundhog Day" all but owes an adapted screenplay credit to Albert Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus." But Ramis was never one to let beard-stroking distract from the funny business at hand.
Whilst it's a shame that one of the Brit contingent, David Harewood, bowed out at the end of season two, it's great to see Saul step into his shoes as the chief of the intelligence agency; providing us with even more of his beard-stroking mutterings than usual.
This, of course, is an 'art' venue so achingly trendy that it has progressed from having on its walls paintings that are little more than random splodges of colour and instead frequently fills whole rooms with objects that you or I would call rubbish but which beard-stroking aficionados, of both sexes, would refer to as 'installations'.
"That's not to say it's a great film--the villains are beard-stroking, moustache-twirling cardboard cutouts better suited for a cartoon than a serious drama, while the heroines are unflinchingly honest and heroic."
"Until it is clear what type of policies might come with a new government," she ventured, "we cannot talk about changes in the US policies toward Cuba." The beard-stroking quality of the statement is thought to play to her current strategy of seeking to frame Obama as naive in foreign policy and herself as wise and deliberate.
The Priest: Story of a gay Liverpool priest also outraged the Vatican and attracted lurid headlines and beard-stroking debate in equal measure.
Elsewhere, authorial detachment from village conspiracies and beard-stroking in the corridors of power, allows readers to decide the truth for themselves, and to determine what this episode tells us about preindustrial lives and minds.