pearl-clutching

or pearl clutch·ing

[ purl kluhch-ing ]
/ ˈpɜrl ˌklʌtʃ ɪŋ /
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noun

outrage or dramatic protest, especially from a woman, caused by something the person perceives as vulgar, in bad taste, or morally wrong but that does not elicit a similarly strong reaction from most other people: pearl-clutching over sexual jokes; so much fake pearl-clutching by the candidates.

adjective

noting or relating to someone, especially a woman, who is easily offended or shocked by things the person perceives as vulgar, in bad taste, or morally wrong: pearl-clutching gasps from the audience; pearl-clutching conservatives.

Nearby words

  1. pearl oyster,
  2. pearl perch,
  3. pearl river,
  4. pearl tapioca,
  5. pearl tumor,
  6. pearland,
  7. pearlash,
  8. pearler,
  9. pearlescent,
  10. pearleye

Origin of pearl-clutching

First recorded in 2000–05; see origin at pearl, clutch1, -ing1, -ing2

Related formspearl-clutch, verb (used without object)pearl-clutch·er, noun

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