mutton dressed as lamb

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mutton dressed (up) as lamb

  (British informal)
an offensive way of saying that a woman is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman Do you think this skirt is too short? I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.
See also: dress, lamb, mutton
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Rather than trying to look like a sophisticated older bride, Margaret was mutton dressed as lamb.
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Better now than risking looking like mutton dressed as lamb in our 50s.
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A bit predictable but at least I won't looklike mutton dressed as lamb or -worse -like my mother.
being mutton dressed as lamb, I couldn't care less'' Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, left
Don't know what appeared on the dinner menu, but I'm guessing it was mutton dressed as lamb.
It's a rare talent but as mutton dressed as lamb I'm not half baahed.
But Trinny and Susannah are the best friends we all wish we had because they will tell us if we are frumps, fashion victims or mutton dressed as lamb.