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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 over

To bend over or form an archway over something. This phrase can be applied to people and things. A noun or pronoun 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 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At one point in the film, the science studies gadfly Steve Fuller archly poses the question: Which comes first, worldview or evidence?
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Much of the nudity I see today is not archly beautiful or sculptural or didactic as it was years back.
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Expectedly, fog swirls, Scotland Yard bumbles, and suspects act archly. Unexpectedly, the American psychiatrist fiancee of trusty old Watson (nicely played by Ian Hart) feeds Holmes Abnormal Psych 101 tips that unmask a sexually kinky culprit--whose identity should be instantly obvious to anyone half paying attention.
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."
(At the same time, it also initiated the mid-priced Archly Blue series, which focused specifically on older recordings from its early music imprint.) Among the three-disc sets, which are marketed under the series title "Trio," are two which are especially worth noting: the complete organ concertos of Handel and the complete harpsichord concertos of Bach, both programs performed by the English Concert with various soloists under the direction of Trevor Pinnock.
When I sing to my classes, "Conjunction Junction," they-who were not born when the spots first aired--almost uniformly finish, "What's Your Function?" "What indeed?," I ask archly. Faced with that question, they fall silent.
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 SBA, he wrote, "felt that the organization was not touching on all possible Pro Life issues" because it did not have an "anti-death penalty" position in its constitution.