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good and proper

1. Appropriate and acceptable, often socially. Don't cancel your meeting with him at the last minute—that's not good and proper behavior.
2. With intensity. Mom scolded me good and proper after I ignored my chores yet again.
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prim and proper

Having very traditional, morally conservative beliefs and behavior. I've never dated someone who is so prim and proper before. I'm not sure how he's going react when he meets my family! She's so prim and proper that I bet she's never even jaywalked before.
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go through (the proper) channels

To take the correct or accepted steps toward achieving some goal or outcome. I'm sorry, but we can't approve of this request because you didn't go through the proper channels. If you went through channels, then they have no reason to turn you away.
See also: channel, go, through

prim and ˈproper

(of a person) very correctly behaved and easily shocked by anything that is rude: Don’t invite her to the party. She’s so prim and proper.
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ˌgood and ˈproper

(British English, spoken) completely; thoroughly: That’s messed things up good and proper.
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The properness of this OPC problem is first checked.
A full characterization of this weaker notion of properness is available from the authors.
We will have much more to say about properness of functions later on.
2 implies that Cs is locally finite, and the lemma follows from the properness off and the local finiteness of S.
The Bank of England is required, in conducting its supervision, to assess the fitness and properness of controllers of bank (those with a participation of 15 per cent or more).
Marked by promiscuity in the eye of a moralist community, Sula serves only as a foil for reinforcing the community's sense of properness.
The disagreements among the findings reported in the literature could be due to the different backgrounds (age, sex, ethnic group, smoking status and geography) of the study subjects recruited, as well as the properness of subject matching.
In addition, the CSSF strengthened its sanctions regime (extent and scope of sanctions) and implementation (including administrative fines, injunction orders, and withdrawal of the fit and properness character of a licensed person); and created a formal enforcement committee which meets on a regular basis.
We construct the walls in Section 1, prove that they are separating in Section 2, and prove properness of the wall space in Section 3.
R](s) is proper (the properness is defined as for delay-free systems using the highest s-power).
Advise them of honesty and properness, or sack them.
Thus, properness precludes the possibility of disjoint decisive coalitions, while collegial rules are those that give at least one individual (belonging to each decisive coalition) a veto; and a collegial rule is oligarchic if the vetoers are decisive by themselves.
While the properness of the inclusion of the late Billy Wright, whose humble loyalty to the Wolves is beyond challenge, hopefully, in retrospect, the same may be assumed of earlier legends - Billy Bassett (Albion), Sam Hardy (Villa), Harry Hibbs (Birming ham) - and, perhaps, many others.
Risk vulnerability generalizes the concept of properness (individually undesirable, independent risks are always jointly undesirable) introduced by Pratt and Zeckhauser (1987.
These arbiters of properness usually get their early training in middle-class homes, then go off to colleges and universities - finishing schools, in effect - where they learn how to talk proper .