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The current Rocky is gauche and inaccurate, but besides being persistent he is a dreadfully severe hitter with either hand.
A. J. Liebling, "Ahab and Nemesis," The New Yorker, October 8, 1955
He knew that he sounded gauche and nervous but that helped: she knew what it was to feel gauche and nervous.
P. D. James, Devices and Desires, 1989