in polite company


: in formal settings : with people you do not know well
It's not something you should talk about in polite company.

Examples of in polite company in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, the current board promotes pornography too extreme to discuss in polite company. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2023 You aren’t supposed to say so in polite company, but Americans are undertaxed. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 31 May 2023 Men don’t talk about it much in polite company, but this is something many men think about to the point of obsession. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 5 Dec. 2022 As for toothpicks, these have no place in polite company. Thomas P. Farley,, 19 July 2021 Nicolas Cage hosts a wry docuseries exploring the history and uses of some of the most common words you’re not supposed to say in polite company. oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2020 The dialogue is often sprinkled with language not generally spoken in polite company. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2020 Like politics, religion, and bodily functions, you’re not supposed to discuss it in polite company. Outside Online, 20 June 2019 Drum presumably got a negative reaction because intelligence isn't something spoken of in polite company. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2011 See More

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“In polite company.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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