• Cowardly over structural reforms, the negotiators were debonair when it came to cutting taxes.

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  • In using the debonair, sophisticated man as the hero, the ad demonstrates that even smooth, desirable men use condoms.

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  • At first, the conversational idiom is falsely debonair, the plot too easily manipulated.

    NEWYORKER: Match Point

  • The debonair Mr. Rossi guided me to a table, and without so much as proffering a menu, started feeding me.

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  • Ten months ago, things were looking very awkward for Bernard Arnault, the debonair billionaire chairman and CEO of French luxury powerhouse LVMH.

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  • Murder and kidnapping became part of his quest for power, and, like so many Africans, he sought money for his cause from a debonair businessman with a growl of a voice, Tiny Rowland.

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  • Of course, owning a piece of James Bond is no doubt tantalizing for the movie memorabilia collector, a way of associating oneself with that debonair lady-killer who manages to bed every attractive woman he lays eyes on despite his horridly cheesy puns.

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  • Lawyer friends tell me that the plain tiffs who bring test cases, the suits that change laws—overturning discriminatory statutes, for instance—are often cranky, obsessional people (not debonair dinner guests at all), and the same is often true of whistle-blowers, who try, sometimes without success, to alert the world to grand-scale larcenous behavior.

    NEWYORKER: Noble Creatures

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