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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.
See also: arch, cove

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.
See also: arch

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 over

To bend over or form an archway over. This phrase can be applied to people and things, and a noun can be used between "arch" and "over." Arching yourself over like this helps to stretch the back muscles. We all held flowers and arched them over the graduates during the procession. The flowers arched over the happy couple beautifully as they stood before the minister.
See also: arch, over

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.
See also: arch, over

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.
See also: arch, over

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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That's the tone: a certain archness, a touch of self-congratulation, a slipknot of a point of view (instead of following the road most taken, innovate: Follow me), and ironic capitalization.
I am sorry to say that occasionally eyelids closed as the archness and self-conscious wit of Stoppard's dialogue ebbed and flowed.
What Haynes has cleverly done by retaining the archness of the '50s dialogue, the restrained manners and the postcard look of the characters and the city is to give weight to even the smallest disapproving look or slight.
Optimistic by nature, however, I have always held that not even the archness, the derivativeness, the fundamental unseriousness of postmodern art can prevent that art from having, like any other, its master practitioners.
Catherine, for example, notes these aspects of Henry Tilney: "He talked with fluency and spirit--and there was an archness and pleasantry in his manner which interested, though it was hardly understood by her" (25).
6, for example, lacks archness, and the succeeding Tempo di valzer lentissimo needs to be far more louche.
On screen or stage, Neuwirth, 43, frequently projects smart, sexy and comic, usually with a certain amount of archness thrown in.
Seen by some as a real breakthrough for a new, less artsy and ironic von Trier, the film was in fact a kind of audiencefriendly remix of his familiar pomp, archness, and soul searching.
Too often, he mused, readers find "a wilful jumble of Age-of-Plastic nursery rhyme, ballet folk-lore, and Hollywood Lempriere served up with a lisping archness that sets the teeth on edge.
His finest hour in many ways was Disco 2000, a brilliant turn of the millennium singalong, perfect for office parties but with the archness to turn on the highbrows.
Janine's lonely single mom/tough cop dichotomy doesn't materialize despite several sequences designed to highlight it, and man-eater Molly's archness quickly fades into a tiresome, road-show Joanna Lumley act.
1 Kawasaki Ninja (Le Marais, Paris) I am pleased to announce that the lime green Ninja has now become a vehicle of archness, the transportation of hilarious choice for navigating the streets of this ground zero of hip.
While the verbatim transcript of Caroline Bingley's insinuating invitation to dinner serves to illustrate her characteristic archness, which here takes the form of snide antifeminism ("'a whole day's tete a tete between two women can never end without a quarrel'" [30]), there seems no reason to follow up with the full text of Jane's letter announcing her cold (31): the second letter could easily have been summarized.
Landers is, of course, an epigone of archness, incapable of leaving his carefully crafted sad-sack persona even for an instant, and he announces that those who can't strike the "artist" pose might as well be sentenced to earnestness hell, might as well become "a 3-D teacher in the mid-west.