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    airs and graces

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Indeed, she rehearsed that exalted part in life with great satisfaction to herself, and to the amusement of old Sir Pitt, who chuckled at her airs and graces. (W. Thackeray, “Vanity Fair”)

    airs and graces = affectation

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    Re: airs and graces

    Yes, but the affectation is upper class/aristocratic, etc- you could have a working class affectation but that would not be airs and graces.

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