In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- A polite but officious clerk explained he could not board the aircraft as he was a ‘high-level security risk’.
- What we really need there is officious immigration authorities who are willing to say ‘Nope, from now on you're Tina; trust me on this one.’
- Two social workers arrived at my place of work two weeks later and in a very high handed and officious manner insisted on ‘interviewing’ me in front of my staff.
- Almost all desirable buildings in New York are co-ops, run by officious, and sometimes vicious, board members who place stringent criteria on new members.
- It is not arrogant, officious, overbearing or patronising.
- An officious man forced me to wait by the door as another patron was seated.
- Our underlying concern is that we could get one or two officious people policing it.
- The hotel manager in Gansu is officious, just like the clean, well-appointed government facility she oversees.
- His officious and arrogant attitude towards players has also, remarkably, gone unpunished.
- Though stiff-necked and officious, the commanders aren't demonized nor singled out for blame.
- And if you throw into the mix Southport's officious stewards then the ugly was very much on display as an end of season clash became spicier than anyone could have thought.
- Overly officious, he issued an amazing 10 yellow cards and one red, in what wasn't a dirty game.
- An officious camp guard, armed with a stout pole for the purposes of crowd control, herds them roughly away.
- They all seemed impatient and officious and preoccupied.
- Rangers were right to be upset by how the officious referee handled the match.
- The officious official declared authoritatively: ‘It's already been decided that whether or not you have a ticket, you are not welcome.’
- I was stopped at the University gates by an officious guard who asked me for my faculty card.
- The worst were the overly officious customs officials who are no advert for American hospitality.
- Hospitals could be pointlessly officious on such matters as visiting rights for parents.
- The problems are that it easily becomes a weapon in the hands of the officious, ignorant and punitive supervisor.
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