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company manners

One's best behavior, as in George never interrupts when we have guests; he has fine company manners. This term employs company in the sense of “guests.” An older variant,Tell me thy company and I'll tell thee thy manners, uses company in the sense of “companions.” The current term implies that one is more mindful of politeness with invited guests.
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  • (crosses C.) Their company manners is just as good as your friends, I'll warrant.

    Oh! Susannah! Mark Ambient
  • He had on his company manners, and was not at his best in consequence.

    Her Ladyship's Elephant David Dwight Wells
  • She would like to go there some day with the Randolphs and let them see what company manners were!

  • Because I knew you had company, and I haven't any company manners.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • She quite put on her company manners to receive Ruth in the kitchen.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Mrs. Todhetley might have said she had not put on her company manners.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "I see you've brought your company manners with you," said Nash.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • I've been so long packing all alone that I have lost my company manners.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo!

    Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • At each inn, everybody puts on their company manners at once.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • "I think he's forgetting his company manners, surely," he said.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

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