One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A middle-aged or old woman dressed in a style suitable for a much younger woman.
- ‘The people were frightening, mutton dressed as lamb springs to mind, the people watching will certainly keep you entertained.’
- ‘I suppose I should be grateful they did not say I was mutton dressed as lamb!’
- ‘When you get married a second time you worry about being mutton dressed as lamb and a good way round that is to cover your arms, which she did.’
- ‘He said: ‘You get to an age when you look like mutton dressed as lamb.’’
- ‘Simply put, it was a case of mutton dressed as lamb.’
- ‘‘She's far too old for that - she looks like mutton dressed as lamb,’ said one of my friends.’
- ‘Her clothes are not mutton dressed as lamb - it is just her hair.’
- ‘Dress your age, the article exhorted, and while the writer went on to say there were no longer any rules, the models were brooding over issues such as when a perky little miniskirt became mutton dressed as lamb.’
- ‘There we are walking a tight rope between looking presentable and up to date and at the same time trying desperately to avoid the ultimate horror of looking like mutton dressed as lamb.’
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