company manners

company manners

Exceptional manners; those that are preferred or required in and among polite society. One must at all times exhibit company manners if one is to make a good impression among the more influential members of society.
See also: company, manner

company manners

One's best behavior, as in George never interrupts when we have guests; he has fine company manners. This term employs company in the sense of "guests." An older variant, Tell me thy company and I'll tell thee thy manners, uses company in the sense of "companions." The current term implies that one is more mindful of politeness with invited guests.
See also: company, manner
References in classic literature ?
Yet the Italians are rather plain-spoken, and they recognize facts which our company manners at least do not admit the existence of.
who represented the master of the house), when there came a sound from the terrace which, startled me out of my company manners on the instant.
We must be careful to keep out of sight though, as these folk turn shy and put on company manners as soon as they see a stranger.
It does seem pleasant to be quiet, and not have company manners on all the time.
After waiting some quarter of an hour alone in the family sitting- room, which presented traces of having been so hastily arranged after a meal, that one might have doubted whether it was made tidy for visitors, or cleared for blindman's buff, Mr and Mrs Boffin became aware of the entrance of Mrs Wilfer, majestically faint, and with a condescending stitch in her side: which was her company manner.
Independent councillor Kevin Thompson, managing director of Thompson Opticians, has joined forces with haulage company Manners Transport to launch the district's first private commercial waste collection service.