prim up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prim up dress primly
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Usage

In literature:

Clara gave a stiff little curtsey and held up her cheek primly to be kissed.
"Peggy in Her Blue Frock" by Eliza Orne White
The prim man made a prim bow, folded up the paper, and left the room.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
A somewhat prim and very neatly dressed governess followed the six girls up the aisle and took her place at the end of the pew.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
It would have killed you to see her perched up there, trying to look prim and to keep up her dignity.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
You ought to be 'all primmed up with majestick pride.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
The bleared spectacled eyes lit up, the prim mouth broke into a smile which matched the April sun.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Up through the now dismantled garden to the prim cottage she led the boy Fred.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
A straight vase obliges it to stand up so primly that half the charm of the flower is destroyed.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Billy Louise drew herself up primly and ended by contradicting the action.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
His prim air of unbending for the festive occasion was almost comical as he brought up youths to make them known.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
And you up there on the hill so prim and fine.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
One is the spruce fir, a very prim and proper tree, with slightly curving branches turned up at the tips.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
I can remember you a prim little girl sitting up in your high chair working your sampler or repeating Watt's hymns.
"Unlucky" by Caroline Austin
She pursed up her prim old mouth, wished me good-morning and rustled away.
"The City in the Clouds" by C. Ranger Gull
Alicia sat up suddenly, as thin and straight as a new reed in her prim nightgown.
"Atlantic Narratives"
Maud came forward as Peggy drew up with a little prim company manner.
"A Terrible Tomboy" by Angela Brazil
Hurry up, old Grandma Prim, we'll have to hustle.
"The Little Colonel at Boarding-School" by Annie Fellows Johnston
A little path, bordered primly by a thick growing mossy-like plant, led up to the door, which was closed.
"Christmas Tree Land" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
She was good-looking, but wore a prim pinched-up expression.
"Upsidonia" by Archibald Marshall
You two shan't be allowed to sit primming up your mouths, and spitting venom on all the neighbourhood.
"Self-control" by Mary Brunton
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In poetry:

George eyed the girls; he dress'd up prim;
Nay, even the girls would smile at him.
The man who o'er twelve towns can trample
Is sure to have a choice most ample.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Grandma's sitting in her attic,
Oiling up her automatic.
Mid-Victorian is her style,
Prim yet gentle is her smile
As she fits the cartridges
One by one, and softly says:
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Weeks after hanging up Blair Waldorf's signature headbands for good — star Leighton Meester has debuted a new, much shorter 'do that the prim and proper Queen B might.
Marci Harris didn't mind giving up the primness of the District for the nonchalance of Silicon Valley.
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