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canvassing

making personal representation to individual persons to solicit their custom. Usually used in a political sense but also used in the sense of touting for professional patronage, considered to be an unethical practice in most countries.
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Yet, instead of affixing his signature to an official order, there sat the Lieutenant-Governor, so carefully scrutinizing the black waste of canvas that his demeanor attracted the notice of two young persons who attended him.
She took up her little canvas and silently passed it to him.
These pictures are all battle scenes, and only one solitary little canvas among them all treats of anything but great French victories.
Then we thought we were going to have supper (we had dispensed with tea, so as to save time), but George said no; that we had better get the canvas up first, before it got quite dark, and while we could see what we were doing.
Tarzan listened, his ear close to the canvas at the rear, but no sound came from within.
He took off the light sails, shortened right down to storm canvas, spread life lines, and waited for the wind.
The other side discloses a broad doorway (closed by a canvas screen), which serves as a means of communication with an inner apartment, devoted to the superior officers.
He heard her, and tried to pull down the sail; but the wind would not let go of the broad canvas and the ropes had become tangled.
A few minutes later he was back again, clad in a long bath robe, canvas shoes on his feet.
It was afterward discovered that he had crept in under the canvas without paying.
A piece of coarse canvas screened the opening between the two rooms in place of the door.
He covered portions of highly-offensive offal with a thin canvas cloth, an strewed pieces of meat on it: these the carrion-vultures at up, and then remained quietly standing, with their beak within the eighth of an inch of the putrid mass, withou discovering it.