Definition of lace-curtain in English:

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lace-curtain

adjective

informal
Having social pretensions; self-consciously genteel: the fancy sons of lace-curtain Boston lawyers
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  • So he made James Tyrone merely theatrical royalty and his wife Mary a preening lace-curtain Irish-American parochial schoolgirl, and grounded their tragedy in the everyday middle-class friction of family life lived in close quarters.
  • I once directed a film about youth hockey in Boston's West Roxbury section, a classic lace-curtain Boston Irish neighborhood, filled with families moving up from poorer parts of the city.
  • He was fast and he had a pretty good ear but he had the terrible inferiority complex of the lace-curtain Irish and he never learned that it doesn't matter a damn where you come from socially; it is where you go.

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