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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!

clutch (one's)/the pearls

To react in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. Parents should try not to clutch the pearls every time their teenagers come out of their room dressed outrageously—it only makes them want to push the envelope even further. My mother would always clutch her pearls whenever I began telling her about a new boyfriend, so eventually I stopped filling her in altogether.
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pearl-clutch

To react in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. Parents should try not to pearl-clutch every time their teenagers come out of their room dressed outrageously—it only makes them want to push the envelope even further. My mother would always pearl-clutch whenever I began telling her about a new boyfriend, so eventually I stopped filling her in altogether.

mother of pearl

An iridescent substance that naturally appears in certain mollusk shells. It is often used as a decorative material for items like buttons and jewelry. The mother of pearl earrings you gave me for my birthday are so beautiful!
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pearl necklace

vulgar slang A term for the spots of semen left on a woman's neck and chest after a man ejaculates between her breasts.
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pearl of wisdom

A piece of valuable advice. The phrase is sometimes used sarcastically. The old woman shared her pearls of wisdom with the struggling teen, in the hopes of making him feel better. Thanks for the pearl of wisdom, buddy, but your suggestion is ridiculous.
See also: of, pearl, wisdom

cast (one's) pearls before swine

Fig. to waste something good on someone who doesn't care about it. (From a biblical quotation.) To sing for them is to cast pearls before swine. To serve them French cuisine is like casting one's pearls before swine.
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a pearl of wisdom

an important piece of advice
Usage notes: This phrase is usually used humorously to mean the opposite.
Thank you for that pearl of wisdom, Jerry. Now do you think you could suggest something more useful?
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cast pearls before swine

  (literary)
to offer something valuable to someone who does not understand that it is valuable Giving him advice is just casting pearls before swine. He doesn't listen.
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cast pearls before swine

Give something of value of someone who won't appreciate it, as in The old professor felt that lecturing on Dante to unruly undergraduates would be casting pearls before swine . This term comes from the New Testament (Matthew 7:6), appearing in Tyndale's translation (1526). It was repeated often by writers from Shakespeare to Dickens and remains current.
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pearls before swine

Wasting something that is not appreciated. In Matthew 7:6, Jesus warned his followers not to waste time by throwing pearls of wisdom before ungodly swine. When writers Claire Booth Luce and Dorothy Parker simultaneously arrived at a door, Luce stepped back to allow Parker to precede her by saying with a smile, “Age before beauty.” As she walked through the door, Parker replied, “And pearls before swine.”
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According to Penziner, pearling is often portrayed only with regard to its material culture, the tools and grades of pearls.
Penziner said pearling was a difficult profession but once formed the backbone of the Gulf's economy.
In spite of its prominence in the history of the UAE, the researcher said, pearling had been marginalised in the country's heritage narrative mainly because it involved leading a tough life.
The life of a diver was not easy and pearling boats or sambuks, were at sea for up to four months at a time.
The boom in the pearling trade was cut short in the 1930s when oil exploration, pollution and overfishing led to the collapse of the industry.
This pearl tender will enable us to showcase our very finest pieces to a truly international audience gathering here in Dubai in February," said Nicholas Paspaley, chairman, Paspaley Pearling from Australia.
Less than a century ago, pearling was a key industry for Arabia, accounting for some 80,000 jobs in the UAE alone and representing 95 per cent of the country's total revenues.
Pearl producers and government pearling bodies are also expected to present case studies on their growth and strategies to increase pearl sales.
Summary: Some of the world's rarest and most sought after natural and cultured pearls will be offered in a private tender of the Dubai Pearl Exchange as leading producers Paspaley Pearling Co.