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country cousin

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noun
  1. a person from the country or from a small town, to whom the sights and activities of a large city are novel and bewildering.

Origin of country cousin

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for country cousin

Historical Examples

  • You may know her at any distance now by her five-year-old dresses and country-cousin bonnets.

    Modern Flirtations

    Catherine Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for country cousin

country cousin

noun
  1. an unsophisticated person from the country, esp one regarded as an object of amusement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with country cousin

country cousin

One whose lack of sophistication or rural ways may amuse or embarrass city dwellers. For example, The sightseeing guide geared his tour toward country cousins who had never been to a large city before. This term, which literally means “a cousin who lives in the country,” has been used in this figurative way since the second half of the 1700s, although the idea is much older (such persons were stock figures of fun in Restoration comedies of the late 1600s and early 1700s).

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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