The reason lay in your answer to that most officious
policeman, in which I seemed to discern some glimmering of good feeling upon your part--more, at any rate, than I am accustomed to associate with your profession.
But there was no particular chance of officious
or diplomatic pursuit, for his exit had been a sudden impulse.
Suppose you fell off a pier, and a girl took a great deal of trouble to get you to the shore, would you say, "Much obliged, but you needn't have been so officious
Once an officious
constable held up the traffic at our approach, and for a moment I put a blood-curdling construction upon the simple ceremony.
While I was resting ever so comfortably on a rampart, and cooling my baking head in the delicious breeze, an officious
guide belonging to another party came up and said:
He viewed it round; When suddenly a man before him stood, Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad, As one in city or court or palace bred, And with fair speech these words to him addressed:-- "With granted leave officious
I return, But much more wonder that the Son of God In this wild solitude so long should bide, Of all things destitute, and, well I know, Not without hunger.
as he confessed to me) to take you away to the Mediterranean, and to keep you abroad, for fear of some officious
friends at home betraying him to you as the prisoner of the famous Trial?
She only perceived that Anne had made a very thorough apology and all resentment vanished from her kindly, if somewhat officious
Here he is, please sir,' rejoined twenty officious
Who was the gentleman you danced with last,' resumed she, after a pause - 'that was so officious
in helping you on with your shawl?
Fentolin," he said, "I hope that you will not think that I am officious
or in any way abusing your hospitality, but I cannot help suggesting that as Dr.
Sedley, junior, that he was on the point of giving up the expedition, but Captain Dobbin (who made himself immensely officious
in the business, Jos said), rated him and laughed at him soundly: the mustachios were grown in advance, and Jos finally was persuaded to embark.
It proved of excellent advantage to me now, that when I was a boy, I used to take great delight in standing at a basket-maker's, in the town where my father lived, to see them make their wicker-ware; and being, as boys usually are, very officious
to help, and a great observer of the manner in which they worked those things, and sometimes lending a hand, I had by these means full knowledge of the methods of it, and I wanted nothing but the materials, when it came into my mind that the twigs of that tree from whence I cut my stakes that grew might possibly be as tough as the sallows, willows, and osiers in England, and I resolved to try.
My landlord, an officious
though well-meaning fellow, had sent away for the neighbouring clergyman; and when my gentleman began to speak of it to him, and talk of sending for him, 'Sir,' says he to him, 'my friend is in the house'; so without any more words he brought them together.
How dare you go and poke your officious
nose into my family affairs?