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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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29) If such was the case in the early 1590s, then this precedent lends more credence to a later alliance of a Henslowe company/venue with the watermen, articulated more subtly in the Lady Elizabeth's Men's performance of Chaste Maid at the Swan in 1613.
Some research indicates that patients receiving 20 mg chaste berry extract daily showed significant improvement in irritability, mood alteration, breast fullness, headache, and anger.
According to Chaste, traffickers are often part of an international network supplying demand for sex as a commodity.
When he then came to cast Chaste Maid, Sarah was very much on his list.
Chaste tree berry is primarily used for the unpleasant consequences of menses and menopause (premenstrual syndrome and heavy flows) due to its amphoteric or balancing quality.
The chronological and contextual disparities between Chen Shou's and Chang Qu's accounts of the Three Chaste Ones are of prime interest in this examination of the local impact of the Yellow Turban rebellion on the Chengdu Plain.
I wrote The Chaste Fireman as an antidote for all the writing I did before.
The product PMS 1 uses chaste tree berry, black cohosh and passionflower extract to balance hormones and combat the physical and psychological symptoms.
A couple of other commonly used CAM therapies worth considering are the fruit or leaves of the chaste tree for PMS and evening primrose oil for cyclic breast tenderness, he continued.
In the chaste berry arm, 52% of the women experienced at least a 50% reduction in PMS symptoms from baseline, compared with 24% of those on placebo.
As lovely as this seems, there is a dark cloud threatening to corrupt this pure, chaste, unspoiled sensation.
Although aristocratic women were inculcated from birth with the idea that they were to be chaste and obedient, they were not to be passive.
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).
The early form caused such grotesque symptoms, and physical pain, that sufferers were likely to remain chaste if the disease did not kill them outright.
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.