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Mrs. Grundy

British pronunciation/mˈɪsɪz ɡɹˈʌndi/
American pronunciation/mˈɪsɪz ɡɹˈʌndi/
Mrs. Grundy

someone who is very strict and thinks in a very traditional way

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Mrs. Grundy definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "Mrs. Grundy" and when to use it?

The idiom "Mrs. Grundy" originated from a character named Mrs. Grundy in the play "Speed the Plough" by Thomas Morton, which premiered in 1798. It is used to express the fear or concern of conforming to societal expectations or the pressure to maintain a respectable image. The idiom is employed when discussing the influence of public opinion or the fear of social stigma in shaping one's actions or decisions.

1Her constant judgment and prudishness make her seem like a Mrs. Grundy.
2If she learns to be more open-minded, she won't be seen as a Mrs. Grundy anymore.
3In the past, people were more constrained by the opinions of Mrs. Grundy in their community.
4She always worries about what Mrs. Grundy will think if she deviates from societal norms.
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