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They primped and preened and left the rest of us only time to wash sketchily before reaching our destination.
THE AFFABLE STRANGERPETER MCARTHUR
He warmed to her smile, preened himself and gave himself half a dozen gallant airs on the spot.
THE PIONEERSKATHARINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD
Below them, in their holes in the sandstone, pigeons preened themselves and cooed softly.
SONS AND LOVERSDAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE
She talked to him, preened herself in his gaze, and maddened him with a manner of deadly roguishness.
BUNKER BEANHARRY LEON WILSON
The guineas which he had distributed amongst the crew caused him to be saluted constantly, a fact on which he preened himself.
THE GREAT AIRSHIP.F. S. BRERETON
The girls were eager, Lily Pendleton preened herself in her seat.
Amanda and her mother preened their dresses and patted their hair.
He covered her with his glance, so that she preened herself.
The only woman to three men, Elodie preened herself with amusing obviousness and set out to make herself agreeable.
THE MOUNTEBANKWILLIAM J. LOCKE
Clearly, life was regarded from a mature standard as it preened its plumage and looked about with an undaunted air.

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