The proper distance was maintained - and proper was the operative word.
Both occupants were gaining a healthy glow - and gaining was the operative word.
Secret was the operative word.
The term "girls" is really the operative word when it comes to dress shopping.
Brevity is the operative word for the reviews and they are generally three to five terse lines that pass judgment of the wine.
Extreme is the operative word here as these styles feature just string and little else.
Since the operative word here is discreet, you probably won't come on to your co-worker in the break room or approach your aerobics instructor immediately after class.
"Summer" is the operative word in that song title, as The Carolines make light and breezy, sommer friendly power pop.
Whatever you choose, remember, the operative word is fun!
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