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good and proper

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

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 done anything so bad as having a glass of wine before.
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It means we're proud of our country, our tolerance (in the main), our fortitude, our properness and our ability to throw a bash on nothing more than tea and a Battenburg.
At the same time, properness is a visible marker on the female body.
They are high browed, overly dressed sticklers for manners and properness.
In the Arab world, the current awakening that is finally spreading all across the region is providing ample proof for the properness and legitimacy of the wisdom that says success lies in knowing when to stop.
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.
Football has always caused a stir in social properness since the English came up with hooliganism in the late 1950s and early 1960s.