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arch cove

obsolete The leader of a male band of thieves or gypsies. The arch cove kept the audience dazzled and distracted while his gang went through and pickpocketed the crowd.
See also: arch, cove

arch dell

obsolete The leader of a female band of thieves or gypsies, who acts as an accomplice to her male counterpart, an "arch cove" or "arch rogue." The women of the traveling group remain insular and secretive, led by the arch dell in their pursuits.
See also: arch

arch doxy

obsolete The leader of a female band of thieves or gypsies, who acts as an accomplice to her male counterpart, an "arch cove" or "arch rogue." The beguiling women put on a fantastic show of exotic dance, while their arch doxy secured "donations" from the audience.
See also: arch, doxy

arch rogue

obsolete The leader of a male band of thieves or gypsies. While one should be wary of the traveling group, the arch rogue who orchestrates them is especially dangerous.
See also: arch, rogue

arch over

To bend over or form an archway over. This phrase can be applied to people and things, and a noun can be used between "arch" and "over." Arching yourself over like this helps to stretch the back muscles. We all held flowers and arched them over the graduates during the procession. The flowers arched over the happy couple beautifully as they stood before the minister.
See also: arch, over

arch (oneself) over

to bend or curve over. (Oneself includes itself.) The tree arched over in the wind. Arch yourself over gracefully and then straighten up. The tree arched itself over in the windstorm.
See also: arch, over

arch over someone or something

to bend or curve over someone or something; to stand or remain bent or curved over someone or something. The trees arched gracefully over the walkway. A lovely bower of roses arched over the bride.
See also: arch, over

arch something over someone or something

to place something above someone or something to form an arch or archway. The cadets arched their swords over the bridal couple. The willow arched its long drooping branches over the tiny cabin.
See also: arch, over
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Expectedly, fog swirls, Scotland Yard bumbles, and suspects act archly.
As Purdue noted archly in its press release about the court decision, "Purdue never made the claim in the patent application that it had done experiments to establish this property and the patent examiner never asked for such information.
Eighteenth-century gallants were already rogering, archly defined by Boswell's Yale editor Frederick Pottle as "a word of other meaning than that acquired since the introduction of radio-telephony," screwing (not in the original OED), and shagging, now spoiled by Austin Powers' association and muddied by its curious gamut of meanings from "carpet" to "school dance" to "strong tobacco," plus in old English public school argot it meant "masturbate," a social as well as sexual divide; according to Atyo, Melvyn Bragg (ubiquitous British TV cultural pundit--watch for his new book, English: Biography of a Language) now stands for shag--surely some cognate scope here for the likes of Alan Funt.
At the same time, it also initiated the mid-priced Archly Blue series, which focused specifically on older recordings from its early music imprint.
In the 'architecture' entry there was this: 'the jargon of architecture is what architects and designers archly call "talkitecture" or "archispeak".
Surrounding his voice, the band brandishes an arsenal of instruments--rushing, exact, pounding, and archly powerful.
Originally, SBA President Elliott Friedman archly informed Law Students Pro-Life that "the catching issue" was what he labeled "the narrowness of your group's interests and goals.
The effects of Mexico's immigration invasion were even then visible in Los Angeles, which Loret archly referred to as "the second largest Mexican city in the world.
Wenegrat archly assumes that behavioral scientists can explain the whys and wherefores of human suffering better than the sufferers themselves.
I have a right to be blind sometimes', and archly putting his glass up to his right eye.
Archy gently but archly mocked the foibles of his time and place in conversations with an equally imaginary sidekick, a cat named mehitabel, who was supposedly descended from Cleopatra.
My feeling is that inchoate is seriously, screamingly pretentious, whereas prelapsarian is more gothically, archly, wryly pretentious .
It's the giant gesture, the over-the-top expression, the exaggerated reaction, but all the time the performer is archly aware of what they're doing.
They hired a public-relations firm and begat what they archly dubbed "share" groups, Canada's answer to the corporate-sponsored "wise-use" movement south of the border.
Such a poem (perhaps, it seems, in praise of a prostitute) demonstrates how by the mid-seventeenth century, one distinct strand of (anti-)love poetry had developed into a forum for the expression of archly epigrammatic and paradoxical thoughts on the beauty, sexuality, and physical frailty, of women, along with an implicit recognition of their inherent challenge to the deep-rooted patriarchal hierarchies of English love poetry.