prawn cocktail offensive


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prawn cocktail offensive

The (often derisive) name used for politicians' efforts to gain financial support while attending a social event (where prawn cocktails are traditionally served). Primarily heard in UK. I don't want to go to this dinner party—it's just going to become another prawn cocktail offensive, and I'm sick of people asking me for money!
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It was once known as the Prawn Cocktail offensive - in the days when City executives still ate the stuff.
Gordon Brown, when Shadow Chancellor, played a leading role in what became known as the prawn cocktail offensive, where senior New Labour figures toured City boardrooms in an attempt to dispel disquiet about socialist tax-grabbing tactics.