One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Women with both the means and free time to meet socially for lunch in expensive restaurants.‘these forgotten types, the ladies who lunch and underwrite foundling hospitals’
- ‘Manchester foodies especially ladies who lunch - are relishing the prospect of a swish new eatery with Lakeland style stamped all over it.’
- ‘We went into Frasers for tea, at the time the store's restaurant was quite posh and packed with those ladies who lunch - ie, women who don't work for a living but shop every day and drink coffee with their friends.’
- ‘It seems that fashion has become more democratic than ever, with anyone with a good eye and access to a second-hand shop able to hold her own with the ladies who lunch.’
- ‘Looking younger by any means necessary is on everyone's agenda, from Knightsbridge ladies who lunch to Essex college girls skiving off classes to get a spray tan.’
- ‘The Nayeb restaurant has been in business for 80 years, but was recently revamped and is full of well-heeled businessmen, secular politicians and ladies who lunch.’
- ‘In addition to the black-tie horse shows that draw the ladies who lunch in all their finery, this year's fair features a rodeo in the centre ring.’
- ‘Employing a designer, meanwhile, is often perceived as an expensive luxury indulged in by ladies who lunch and those intent on keeping up with the Joneses.’
- ‘So popular did this simple but charming French bistro become that it was routinely referred to as ‘the canteen’ by the Spectrum ladies who lunch.’
- ‘For example, rocket was hugely popular in Elizabethan England but then died out in Britain before rising phoenix-like in the 1990s to became the darling of the ladies who lunch.’
- ‘That promotion was a huge hit with the ladies who lunch and achieved a notable upturn in the oh-so-discreet Howard's visibility with the Edinburgh public.’
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