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    behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Is there a word for behaviors that boys engage in to attract girls?

    I thought about using "courtship display". Is it old-fashioned?

    There was a women only swimming pool in our alley. There were always boys buzzing around on their bikes, performing courtship displays, popping wheelies on their bikes, doing their best to attract girls refreshed out of the pool.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Score points?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    I wouldn't use courtship here- you have the right tone, but I would do something about refreshed.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    PS Yes, it is old-fashioned.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't use courtship here- you have the right tone, but I would do something about refreshed.
    What do you suggest I use instead of it?

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    "Fresh out of the pool"? The word can have two meanings in the context.

    I can't imagine "a swimming pool in an alley".
    It is a "ladies/females-only pool".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It is a "ladies/females-only pool".
    Women-only is fine.
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Apr-2021 at 07:40. Reason: added hyphen

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    My focus is to find something to replace "courtship display" in this sentence:

    There was a women only swimming pool in our alley. There were always boys buzzing around on their bikes, performing courtship displays, popping wheelies on their bikes, doing their best to attract girls.

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    In that particular sentence, I would use show off. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/show-off

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    Re: behaviors that boy show to attract girls

    Showing off/posing
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Apr-2021 at 08:01. Reason: fixing typo

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