Yan
Please explain ""When she invited them to have a piece , they refused with a shy elaborate politeness that made her want to take them in her arms. "" I don t understand clearly the phrase "shy elaborate politeness "" . Can anyone explain ? Thanks in advance
Mar 14, 2014 8:49 AM
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If you are looking for an equivalent phrase, it could be "abashed politeness" or "embarrassing politeness" but then this too is not standard I guess.
March 14, 2014
Using words like "shy elaborate politeness" the writer is trying to emphasise or stress as to how polite the refusal was. The very fact that the writer wanted to take them in arms show that the writer was touched.
March 14, 2014
It's not a standard phrase. I recommend just combining the ideas expressed by each of the three words -- in order to form a picture inside your mind of what the author is describing.
March 14, 2014
J aap nu samaj laggu ta hi karange......
March 14, 2014
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