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social butterfly


a very sociable person who flits from one social event to another

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likened to a butterfly flitting between flowers's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • I rebel; and shall amaze Maman by becoming a social butterfly for a season.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • We cannot suppose that Nature is content with the egoism of the social butterfly.

  • The woman whom she had regarded as a social butterfly sat beside her on the bed and placed a friendly arm round her neck.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • "Look down," called Baird, and Merton lowered his gaze under the ardent regard of the social butterfly.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • Had he been any one else than the brother of Mabel, Joe would simply have classed him as a social butterfly and let it go at that.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • He's always had a good deal more money than was good for him, and been a sort of social butterfly.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • I hate to think that he may become a social butterfly on account of his title, but a stanza from Calverly haunts my memory.

  • "I wonder if she bled Anstruther," inwardly growled Hawke, as he recognized the name of that social butterfly's bankers.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
  • Too often, however, the men of parts follow the example of the brilliant professor who married a “social butterfly.”

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