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drawing-room comedy

[draw-ing-room, -roo m] /ˈdrɔ ɪŋˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
noun, Theater.
a light, sophisticated comedy typically set in a drawing room with characters drawn from polite society.
Origin of drawing-room comedy
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am wearing a large straw hat with blue ribbons, and a white dress and a blue sash, like the ingnue in a drawing-room comedy.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • And he sat through it as silent and seemingly unmoved as though she had been rehearsing a speech for some drawing-room comedy.

  • He was as much out of place as would a low comedian on being suddenly called upon to undertake 'drawing-room comedy.'

    Allan Ramsay

    William Henry Oliphant Smeaton

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