pearl-clutcher

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pearl-clutcher

Someone who reacts in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. Parents should try not to become pearl-clutchers every time their teenagers come out of their room dressed outrageously—it only makes them want to push the envelope even further. My mother would always be a pearl-clutcher whenever I began telling her about a new boyfriend, so eventually I stopped filling her in altogether.
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