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Meaning of Alphonse and Gaston

Al'phonse and Gas'ton

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  1. marked by a ritualistic courtliness in which two often competing participants graciously but stubbornly defer to each other: a kind of Alphonse and Gaston act in which each man insisted the other go through the doorway first.
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