mutton dressed as lamb

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mutton dressed as lamb

British, informal + disapproving
: a woman who tries to make herself look younger by wearing clothes designed for young people

Word by Word Definitions

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

dress play dressed
  1. : to make or set straight

  2. : to arrange (troops, equipment, etc.) in a straight line and at proper intervals

  3. : to prepare for use or service

  1. : apparel, clothing

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

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

  1. : suitable for a formal occasion

  2. : requiring or permitting formal dress

  3. : relating to or used for a dress

lamb play
  1. : a young sheep

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

  3. : a gentle or weak person

  1. : to bring forth a lamb

  2. : to bring forth (a lamb)

  3. : to tend (ewes) at lambing time


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