One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘In the past, Percy served as comic relief, a stuffed shirt whose obsequiousness toward authority figures was matched only by his imperiousness toward younger students.’
- ‘Make note of the incoherent speech, grammatical errors, cutesy nicknames with reporters, and crankiness from the president and obsequiousness from the press.’
- ‘The prime minister had destroyed the industrial base with fanatical cruelty, with an impunity largely supplied by the obsequiousness and weakness of the opposition.’
- ‘But in the intervening years, the State Department's refusal to press for reform in that country turned into humiliating obsequiousness.’
- ‘But the prime minister obsequiousness to him is prompting revolt and disgust in the ranks of his Labor Party against him.’
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