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good and proper

if someone does something good and proper, they do it completely and with a lot of force He warned me off good and proper after I kissed his girlfriend.
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prim and proper

someone who is prim and proper behaves in a very formal and correct way and is easily shocked by anything rude I can't quite imagine Ellen drinking pints of beer - she's very prim and proper.
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good/right and proper

socially and morally acceptable There is a long-held assumption that motherhood is the right and proper path for a woman to take.
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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.