means true to the plumbline, but is generally used to express
that self-possession which arises from perfect self-confidence. We
also talk of a dancer's aplomb, meaning that he is a perfect master of
(French. à plomb.)
“Here exists the best stock in the world men of aplomb and reserve,
of great range and many moods, of strong instincts, yet apt for
culture.” —Emerson: English Traits, p. 130.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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