mutton dressed as lamb

Definition of mutton dressed as lamb

British, informal + disapproving

  1. :  a woman who tries to make herself look younger by wearing clothes designed for young people

Word by Word Definitions

muttonplay
  1. :  the flesh of a mature sheep used for food

dressplay dressed
  1. :  to make or set straight

    :  to arrange (as troops) in a straight line and at proper intervals

    :  to prepare for use or service

  1. :  apparel, clothing

    :  an outer garment (as for a woman or girl) usually consisting of a one-piece bodice and skirt

    :  covering, adornment, or appearance appropriate or peculiar to a particular time

  1. :  suitable for a formal occasion

    :  requiring or permitting formal dress

    :  relating to or used for a dress

lambplay
  1. :  a young sheep

    :  one that is less than one year old or without permanent teeth

    :  the young of various animals (such as the smaller antelopes) other than sheep

  1. :  to bring forth a lamb

    :  to bring forth (a lamb)

    :  to tend (ewes) at lambing time


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