plum in one's mouth
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British pronunciation/plˈʌm ɪn wˈɒnz mˈaʊθ/
American pronunciation/plˈʌm ɪn wˈʌnz mˈaʊθ/

a manner of speaking associated with wealth, social status, or formal education

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[plum] in {one's} mouth definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "plum in one's mouth" and when to use it?

The idiom of the phrase "plum in one's mouth" is uncertain, but it is believed to have emerged in the late 19th or early 20th century in Britain. It is often used in conversations, literature, or discussions about social class, etiquette, or linguistic style. This phrase is mostly used in a lighthearted or humorous context, suggesting admiration or amusement rather than disapproval.

As she continues her elocution lessons, she will refine her speech even further, speaking as if she has a plum in her mouth.
During the formal dinner, the guests chuckled at the memory of Uncle Henry's exaggerated accent, as if he had a plum in his mouth.
The aristocratic gentleman always carries himself with poise and speaks as if he has a plum in his mouth.
Back in school, she was known for her impeccable diction, as if she had a plum in her mouth at all times.
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