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a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Contemporary Examples

Obama’s Foreign Policy Doctrine Finally Emerges With ‘Offshore Balancing’ Peter Beinart November 27, 2011
The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’ Richard Porton May 22, 2014
Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa? Nick Mafi October 22, 2014
Hoodies, Trayvon Martin, and America’s Racial Fears Robin Givhan March 28, 2012
Burn! Sen. Lindsey Graham, ‘Leader of the Surrender Caucus’ David Catanese September 9, 2013

Historical Examples

The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge
What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton

noun (pl) -does, -dos
vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger


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