take a pew

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to take a pew (third-person singular simple present takes a pew, present participle taking a pew, simple past took a pew, past participle taken a pew)

  1. (UK, idiomatic) To take a seat; to sit down.
    • 1903, P. G. Wodehouse, A Prefect's Uncle, ch. 16:
      There are many ways of inviting a person to seat himself. The genial ‘take a pew’ of one's equal inspires confidence. The raucous ‘sit down in front’ of the frenzied pit, when you stand up to get a better view of the stage, is not so pleasant.
    • 1904, John Galsworthy, The Island Pharisees, ch. 18:
      "Oh!" he said, looking round him with his chin a little in the air, "am I intruding, Turl?" . . .
      "Not at all, Berryman—take a pew!"
    • 1919, William Somerset Maugham, Moon and Sixpence, ch. 11:
      "Come in," he said cheerily. "I'm delighted to see you. Take a pew."
    • 1965, Ian Fleming, The Man with the Golden Gun, ch. 1:
      "Come in. Come in. Take a pew. Cigarette?"

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