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Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."

Then she called me to her by name in a would-be pompous manner.

She was like that chap from Detroit, that would-be perfect all-round man.

Again I saw that he was concerned solely with his humiliation as a would-be host.

"Fighting again," the father said, in a would-be fierce voice.

These are the accents, soft and low, in which we address the would-be criminal.

What did he care about the bye-gone aspirations of other would-be suitors?

The students, who did not recognize their would-be fare, enjoyed the race.

As I went out I noticed that the would-be governess had disappeared.

But I intend to show these would-be wits what the blood of a De Croustillac is!

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