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pure as the driven snow

Absolutely virtuous or chaste; unsullied by sin or immoral behavior. If you expect teenagers to remain pure as the driven snow, you've got another think coming. Kate would never cheat on an exam—she's 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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pure as the driven snow

Morally pure, physically chaste. The simile dates from Shakespeare’s time, although driven, meaning carried along by the wind into drifts, was sometimes omitted. In Hamlet (3.1) he had it, “Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow.” It was a cliché by the time H.W. Thompson wrote (Body, Boots and Britches, 1940), “She was pure as the snow, but she drifted.”
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Similarly, while Far From Heaven's pastiche of 1950s' Hollywood reminds us that an interracial relationship is no longer a cinematic impossibility, we cannot escape the fact that this relationship remains unconsummated, as chaste as that between Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).
Although aristocratic women were inculcated from birth with the idea that they were to be chaste and obedient, they were not to be passive.
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Here we report the bioassay-guided isolation of linoleic acid from chaste berries utilizing ER binding assays, the independent identification of linoleic as a ligand for ER using pulsed ultrafiltration liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), and the confirmation of the estrogenicity of this compound and various fractions of Vitex agnus-castus fruits using mRNA upregulation assays of the PR and ER[beta] genes.