pure as the driven snow

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*pure as the driven snow

pure and chaste. (Often used ironically. *Also: as ~.) Jill: Sue must have gone to bed with every man in town. Jane: And I always thought she was as pure as the driven snow. Robert was notoriously promiscuous, but tried to convince all his girlfriends that he was pure as the driven snow.
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pure as the driven snow

Morally unsullied, chaste, as in She's just sixteen and pure as the driven snow. This simile dates from the late 1500s, although driven, which means "carried by the wind into drifts," was occasionally omitted. It is heard less often today.
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pure as the driven snow

completely pure.
When used of snow, driven means that it has been piled into drifts or made smooth by the wind. The phrase was famously parodied by the actress Tallulah Bankhead in 1947 : ‘I'm as pure as the driven slush’.
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(as) pure as the driven ˈsnow

(often humorous) innocent or morally good: I don’t think you’re really in a position to criticize her. You’re hardly as pure as the driven snow yourself!
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The extensive references to Lucretia in the literature of the European Renaissance and the numerous portraits of her suicide would seem to bear out the assumption that the violated body of the chaste wife served as a catalyst for the "rising up" of men of letters against tyranny.
His costumes for the 1983 Available Light, now presented in a lusterless reduced version, feature peek-a-boo trousers that split up the rear - revealing, thank heaven, chaste underpants.
The Limon style, at once spare and fluid, chaste and lyrical, embodied an idea of feeling as intense and pure, of individuals as simple and strong.
On the one hand, children don't disavow knowledge as cravenly as adults do--they appear incapable of saying to themselves, "Make me chaste, but not yet.
On the other hand, the wording of the document appears to allow that a chaste and modest homosexual, one who humbly accepts the moral doctrine of the Church on this topic, might be admitted to priestly ordination.
James says that wisdom is first chaste because the beginning of wisdom consists in avoiding evils opposed to God.
In a helpful chapter on Michelangelo's critics Barnes contends that it was not heretical Protestant ideas, as some critics have argued, but Michelangelo's demanding Dantesque terribilita, his inventive breaks with iconographical traditions, and his (to many, erotic) nudes for which he was attacked by Counter-Reformation critics who increasingly demanded of artists visual clarity, scriptural accuracy, and chaste decorum.
While lacking the zip and imagination of Robert Rodriguez's ``Spy Kids'' movies, ``Cody Banks'' is an amiable enough mixture of James Bond-lite adventure and chaste teenage romance.
Why would Jesse wait nearly 90 years to find true love and then remain chaste for nearly 90 more because he lost it?
In addition to these arguments, one must also consider the social, and ultimately eternal, consequences of failing to live chaste lives.
39) But in another sense, more fundamental from the Renaissance point of view, Lucretia's words are essential because they explain and indeed compel her action - not only for herself but for all chaste women in all times to come.
This at least remains to us, handsome and austere on the Nytorv with the inspiring inscription over the chaste portico 'Med lov skal man land bygge': the country will be built with law.
After that, the film does get significantly more chaste, but that's probably only because our licentious lad is forced to spend 500 years as a frog.
In it he candidly describes his own journey from "gay" activist to chaste Catholic and offers realistic hope for those with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Among the diverse attendees at the sessions were chaste, educated Kenyans and young people from a resurgent and optimistic Albania.