in bad taste

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References in classic literature ?
My jests, gentlemen, are of course in bad taste, jerky, involved, lacking self-confidence.
The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany color, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste.
His face was clever and manly, but his dress was dandified and in bad taste.