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standoffish

(stændˈɔfɪʃ)
mod. aloof. Bob is sort of standoffish until he gets to know you.
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But within a select group of materials exposed to extremely low temperatures, electrons overcome their standoffishness and pair up.
The two Democratic Party betrayals plus Sierra Club standoffishness snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
has been taken for a ride, and how Obama's standoffishness, even indifference, toward the Middle East has encouraged this.
If your interests are truly entwined with social developments, you will have to climb down from your standoffishness and work with the government at reforming the Kingdom, but you will have to do so fairly and with honest intents.
Even World War I for the United States was conceived and executed as a one-off involvement followed by a rapid turn inward and back to America's long-term standoffishness and noninvolvement in European affairs.
(To put the situation in perspective: In 2009 Japan naturalized barely a third as many new citizens as Switzerland, a country with a population only six percent the size of Japan's and a reputation of its own for standoffishness.) All the same, Japan is an increasingly cosmopolitan country, and the Japanese are enthusiastic tourists and international travelers.
But her unjustified standoffishness with regards to SF and the wealth of captivating writing being done today on topics she herself embraces (biopolitics, reproduction, technoscience, eco-apocalypse, neomedievalism), across and blurring the distinction between genre and literary fiction, from Paolo Bacigalupi and Maurice Dantec to Will Self and Michel Houellebecq, arguably truncates this study's scope.
BLAFFER ART MUSEUM * April 28-September 23 * Curated by Rachel Hooper * Andy Coolquitt's minimalist sculptures evade the genre's usual standoffishness. Behaving less like severe, reticent objects and more like casual acquaintances, they slouch, lean, point, or congregate.
His beautiful reversals and abrupt tempo shifts point back to a beginning, a new start, a fresh view, and the pace and elastic play of Wilkinson's English compels us to want to re-read a book we're still in the process of reading: "then my father fell on the ground, / changed his character and froze // and my brothers hacked a hoe in him, / fished in him for comfort and resignation, / built houses on him, and little palaces // and my father spread // like restlessness and standoffishness / despite himself."
There are many many differences here, of course, but I was most struck by the standoffishness of my new neighbors.
Here, on this chilled spring morning, which the locals insist, with typically polite standoffishness, is unseasonable?
WHAT A STRUGGLE!" Since such anecdotes abound among Canadians of a certain age interested in books, Richler's biographers are up against a peculiar challenge: readers have often had a taste of the Richler persona, standoffishness mixed with impatience and embarrassment over the positions a successful writer finds himself in, in the process of shilling his books.
"Brinkley finds much fault with Luce: his injection of political opinions into his news magazines, his arrogance and standoffishness, his editorial meddling, his casual attitude toward marital fidelity.
Her standoffishness means that the state which elects every sixth MP and has given the country eight of the 13 prime ministers will not be able to tap the benefits of collective national wisdom.