standoffish


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standoffish

(stændˈɔfɪʃ)
mod. aloof. Bob is sort of standoffish until he gets to know you.
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Tennessee Dance Theatre and Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania came to New York City with works that revealed a similarly standoffish attitude toward dance.
Outside of this early handful of business backers, the corporate community has been standoffish.
When approached by Spinnaker Support about changing third-party maintenance vendors, I was a little standoffish at first," commented Scott Rydalch, chief information officer of RS&I.
Standoffish at first, Isaac eventually accepts Lem as his partner in religiously tinged crime - there's a dead cat resurrection that must be seen to be believed, if not persuaded by - until, inevitably under this kind of regime, betrayal becomes a necessity.
In contrast, standoffish fermions won't share a quantum state with even one other fermion.
Pipes lists 42 "telltale indications," to help citizens spot sleepers: Sleepers avoid contact with the larger society by being "friendly but standoffish.
But Jacqueline Bouvier was this Frenchified whisper of a thing who was too delicate and standoffish to campaign with her Erin-go-bragh dream of a husband.
9% increase in domestic same-store revenue in August, many analysts are still standoffish during this shaky time.
He was a very private man but not standoffish or aloof.
At times he got standoffish and had a smart-alecky attitude toward me,'' she said.
As predicted by quantum mechanics, the standoffish nature of fermions--a vast class of particles that includes protons and electrons--revealed itself in experiments on electrons and ultracold atoms (155: 230; 156: 166).
To be intelligent meant "understanding" criminals, looking down on family values, and being standoffish about patriotism.
There are several computer software services companies that analysts are staying standoffish, including Paychex (NASDAQ: PAYX).
I'm sure you're a great person, but I think you're probably painfully shy and, often, shy people do come across as cold or standoffish because they take longer to relax around people.