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Dame Partington and her mop
Someone staunchly opposed to progress or reform, even when it is inevitable. The phrase is thought to have originated from stories in 19th-century England of a woman who kept trying to get water out of her flooded home during a storm before finally evacuating. I can't believe you're still fighting against that new tax! Stop being like Dame Partington and her mop and just accept change!
dizzy with a dame
old-fashioned Obsessed or preoccupied with a woman, usually romantically. I hardly see Paul at all these days—he must be dizzy with a dame or something.
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