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good and proper
1. Appropriate and acceptable, often socially. Don't cancel your meeting with him at the last meeting—that's not good and proper behavior.
2. With intensity. Mom scolded me good and proper after I ignored my chores yet again.
prim and proper
Having very traditional, morally conservative beliefs and behavior. I've never dated someone who is so prim and proper before. I'm not sure how he's going react when he meets my family! She's so prim and proper that I bet she's never done anything so bad as having a glass of wine before.