Lady Bountiful


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Lady Bountiful

An exceptionally wealthy and generous woman, especially one whose generosity is (or is seen to be) a way of showing off her wealth in a patronizing manner. You've gotta love Lady Bountiful over there, coming down to the homeless shelter every month in her stretch limo and smiling for the cameras as she ladles out soup to the poor.
See also: lady

Lady Bountiful

a woman who engages in ostentatious acts of charity to impress others.
Lady Bountiful is the name of a character in The Beaux' Stratagem ( 1707 ), a play by the Irish Restoration dramatist George Farquhar .
See also: lady
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A CROOKED bookkeeper known as Lady Bountiful is at the centre of new embezzlement claims.
The sister taught me a lesson I have never forgotten - not to play Lady Bountiful to make myself feel good.
In Lady Bountiful Revisited: Women, Philanthropy, and Power, ed.
He [Southey] conceives that the business of the magistrate is not merely to see that the persons and property of the people are secure from attack, but that he ought to be a jack-of-all-trades--architect, engineer, school-master, merchant, theologian, a Lady Bountiful in every parish, a Paul Pry in every house, spying, eavesdropping, relieving, admonishing, spending our money for us, and choosing our opinions for us.
The best character in this series is not the social climbing Leona, nor the perennial cadger Charles, but a ridiculous Irish poet who appears in only one story, a "waif" invited to Christmas dinner by a smug Lady Bountiful.
She set about improving the "most neglected hamlet", becoming known as a proper Lady Bountiful.
Instead of a hyperactive debutante, who had ricocheted around the scene with a series of ill-chosen but well-born or well-heeled boyfriends, alighting here on an astrologer, there on an aromatherapist, and there again on a signature charity, we were presented with a Lady Bountiful or Fairy Godmother, without whose luminous presence the poor of the world were left unfriended, untended and alone.
Nor is it Lady Bountiful liberalism --show how you can spend Washington's money.
Most notably, the photographic portrait of Gissing's lady bountiful from the landed gentry, Mrs.
Also like her mother in law, Peggy Sharpe-a longtime environmentalist-has proved to be a Lady Bountiful for Providence.
Whether you're playing Lady Bountiful or being treated today's gesture is really about love.
Can't she be Lady Bountiful in Malawi without expecting a prize in return?
In good years I'm often to be seen staggering into the office with bagfuls of over-sized courgettes, distributing them like a lady bountiful.