lace-curtain
adjective Date: 1934 copying middle-class attributes ; aspiring to middle-class standing

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lace curtain — noun count usually plural a curtain made of lace or other light white material, thin enough to let light through …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lace curtain — UK / US noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms lace curtain : singular lace curtain plural lace curtains a curtain made of lace or another light white material that is thin enough to let light pass through it …   English dictionary

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