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arch cove

obsolete The leader of a male band of thieves or gypsies. The arch cove kept the audience dazzled and distracted while his gang went through and pickpocketed the crowd.
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arch dell

obsolete The leader of a female band of thieves or gypsies, who acts as an accomplice to her male counterpart, an "arch cove" or "arch rogue. The women of the traveling group remain insular and secretive, led by the arch dell in their pursuits.
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arch doxy

obsolete The leader of a female band of thieves or gypsies, who acts as an accomplice to her male counterpart, an "arch cove" or "arch rogue. The beguiling women put on a fantastic show of exotic dance, while their arch doxy secured "donations" from the audience.
See also: arch, doxy

arch rogue

obsolete The leader of a male band of thieves or gypsies. While one should be wary of the traveling group, the arch rogue who orchestrates them is especially dangerous.
See also: arch, rogue

arch (oneself) over

to bend or curve over. (Oneself includes itself.) The tree arched over in the wind. Arch yourself over gracefully and then straighten up. The tree arched itself over in the windstorm.
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arch over someone or something

to bend or curve over someone or something; to stand or remain bent or curved over someone or something. The trees arched gracefully over the walkway. A lovely bower of roses arched over the bride.
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arch something over someone or something

to place something above someone or something to form an arch or archway. The cadets arched their swords over the bridal couple. The willow arched its long drooping branches over the tiny cabin.
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A recent, if informal, Internet poll listed him as America's worst commander," the author points out archly.
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Likewise, Kilimnik's work relishes substitutes and vague approximations not to gesture archly toward the old rubrics of high versus low or the simulated versus the real, but to explore the capaciousness and adaptability of the stuff packed into the cultural landfill site we inhabit right now.
A second picture shows her sitting next to the black-haired man, twisting her head archly towards him.
AS far as propositions for commercial touring theatre productions go, an up-dated version of an archly Modernist 1920s Italian play taking in underage sex, a drowning child and some pretty heavy metatheatrical concepts doesn't immediately spring to mind.
When not archly musing on questions of life and death, the pair's most pressing concerns are those grievances, frustrations, and frictions that have led to their being less than completely comfortable with themselves and each other.
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In particular, he became highly skeptical of archly ideological environmentalism.
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Most irritating is a musical underscore trying too insistently to sell every scene as archly zany (even when it's not).