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1(polite remark)cumplido masculinecortesía femininethey exchanged the usual (social) pleasantries — intercambiaron los cumplidos / las cortesías de rigor
- Everyone was at the top of the hill, offering words of condolence to Amy, exchanging pleasantries, perhaps even catching up with old friends.
- He was as bold as brass as we exchanged pleasantries and thought nothing of the remarks that he had made.
- However, the exchange of pleasantries before a ball was kicked offered no indication that there was to be any of the hostility hinted at in the morning papers.
- What is really important to me, is to have around me family and good friends that I can count on and exchange pleasantries with, whether this be over a drink or food and even through giving a gift.
- After the introductions were done they exchanged pleasantries with Caitlyn who answered politely to all of them.
- The restaurants turn into an ideal venue for the tourists who have come from several countries to meet each other and exchange pleasantries.
- After a little exchange of pleasantries, about the weather or some similarly engaging topic, I also like to receive a stamped receipt.
- He, however, had no major pleasantries to exchange.
- Only once such pleasantries were exchanged, did conversation really get interesting.
- We exchange more pleasantries, and so I receive the invitation.
- And off we both went through the rain, pleasantries exchanged and honour satisfied.
- The Commissioner of Police claimed he and the constable exchanged pleasantries - that was his first reaction.
- Singh and Kasuri warmly embraced each other and exchanged pleasantries before the large group of international and local media were ushered out of the ornate dining room.
- Going by the political wrangling in Zambia, one would think that our political leaders do not even have a minute for each other to exchange any pleasantries.
- Johnson attempted to start conversation with some pleasantries but Bill was not very talkative.
- Rheiner and I exchanged pleasantries and both looked at Marius for further instruction.
- After we exchanged pleasantries she asked me about the story I told last week, which detailed my excruciatingly boring job.
- We exchanged pleasantries and he drove off without my answering his question.
- After a few polite pleasantries he put the car into gear and drove off.
- I join them; we exchange pleasantries in small voices.
2(joking remark)gracia femininecomentario gracioso masculinecomentario jocoso masculine
- He puts on a spectacle so that the guests presume "the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry."
- Pleasantry is allowable, not waggery. Besides, even laughter must be kept in check.
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