To be sure I had my hard little journalistic misgivings that it was not quite the thing
for a State Senator to come round reading Tennyson at ten o'clock in the morning, and I dare say I felt myself superior in my point of view, though I could not resist the charm of the verse.
Do not tell his father, but that young man is not quite the thing
I should ask you to come to us, you know, but my wife's not quite the thing
but not quite the thing
," I thought, as I surveyed the effect: "they want more force and spirit;" and I wrought the shades blacker, that the lights might flash more brilliantly--a happy touch or two secured success.
The play's not quite the thing
in this high-concept revival, and it sure isn't the acting.
The young man wears a mask: "It's like the new edition of an old book that one has been fond of--revised and amended, brought up to date, but not quite the thing
one knew and loves.
For example, the new slimline Carol Vorderman may look attractive, but a sexy tight frock and comehither smile is not quite the thing
for the daytime quizshow Countdown.
But the badge-status big spenders - who can't bring themselves to accept, arrogantly, that there are viable alternatives beyond the traditional 4x4 grand British marque would argue - "the Amazon is not quite the thing
, old boy.
But, if truckstop disco design is not quite the thing
for a city with Coventry's past and hopefully future, what might be better?