pearl-clutching

pearl-clutching

1. adjective Scandalized or mortified about some event, situation, thing, etc., that was once salacious but is now relatively common; morally conservative, stuffy, prudish, or unfashionable. Those pearl-clutching old prudes gave me dirty looks as I walked past in my cut-off jeans, but I don't give a hoot what they think about me.
2. noun The practice or habit of reacting in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. I have to say that I am sick and tired of all the pearl-clutching going on amongst parents. Look, our kids are growing up in a different social environment than when we were in school, and it's high time we learned to deal with that!
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There has been pearl-clutching and denial from authorities at the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism ("At this time the point system is more of myth and legend than reality"), and insistence on social media that USY wasn't a monolith (not all kids went there to hook up
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As pearl-clutching as these gigantic price cuts are, it's retail fashion tycoon Tommy Hilfiger who wins the brass ring when it comes to preposterously sanguine asking prices that not infrequently lead to elephantine price reductions.
What we could have done without was the industry's pearl-clutching when the eavesdropping was finally revealed: the insistence (with eerily similar wording) that "we have never heard of PRISM"; the Captain Renault-like shock-shock
Arguments in defence of Justice Dewar's ruling have included character references from his lawyer pals; pearl-clutching over "girls" who dare to dress as they please and dance in public; comparisons of sexual assault to theft and women's bodies to valuable possessions left in plain view; and countless variations on the argument that if she didn't say the word "no," instead indicating non-consent by stating that she feared for her life, she was giving implicit consent.
I can guarantee that most people around the world who want the truth - not some biased agenda seeking soap box, pearl-clutching version - are not watching them either.