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starched

and starchy
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also stiff.) No, he wasn’t quite stiff, but he was starched.
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starchy

verb
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When Maurice confesses to Clive on their first night together at Penge, "I adore you," Clive blushes and responds starchily, "Sit up straight and let's change the subject.
He replied starchily, "Gentlemen do not read each other's mail.
While top thrift cops in Washington starchily pledge regulatory toughness, nearly 20 current and former OTS examiners (most of whom spoke on the condition that they remain unidentified) tell a different story-a tale of looking the other way while prominent bank managers squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars on penthouses, pleasure trips, and hunting expeditions.
While Holzman and Harker were learning their journalistic trade in the '80s, the Alpine Sun was settling into a slumberous state of complacency, faithfully reflecting the starchily conservative attitudes of its readers.
Yelland, for one, is way too starchily English for the role: Where's Roberto Benigni when you really need him?
As soon as they are under way, Rose does everything she can to rebel against her impossibly arrogant fiance and starchily class-conscious mother (Frances Fisher).