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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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  • They didn't keep you keyed up to company manners all the time.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • (crosses C.) Their company manners is just as good as your friends, I'll warrant.

    Oh! Susannah! Mark Ambient
  • "I think he's forgetting his company manners, surely," he said.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • She would like to go there some day with the Randolphs and let them see what company manners were!

  • I've been so long packing all alone that I have lost my company manners.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • She quite put on her company manners to receive Ruth in the kitchen.

    Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • These would 58 be company manners; and doubtless on a slight degree of intimacy the affectation would grow less.

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

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Her company manners were in full swing, and she went out after a gracious smile and bow.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
  • My mother pretended to be angry, but that I knew was only her company manners.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

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