tweaking

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tweaking

Vox populi Fine-tuning to produce optimal results
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He was a very unsatisfactory steward and a miserable wretch besides, but I would just as soon think of tweaking his nose.
But a tweaking of the nose he cannot bear, for the reason that such an act is an infringement of the accepted, of the time-hallowed order of decorum.
"Now she'll go prancing round with bird cages and baskets and carts and pigs, for all I know, in her ears, as the other girls do, and won't she look like a goose?" asked one tormentor, tweaking a curl that strayed out from the cushions.