Definition of champagne socialist in US English:

champagne socialist


  • A person who espouses socialist ideals while enjoying a wealthy and luxurious lifestyle.

    • ‘A champagne socialist, he stood unsuccessfully for the Labour party in 1950 and even campaigned against Christmas.’
    • ‘It is being run by champagne socialists and intellectual snobs and the Mayor is a eunuch.’
    • ‘Like a champagne socialist he wallows in this surfeit of e-government assistance and yet demands that we reply by post, why?’
    • ‘As a Labour supporter and donor, he's been branded a champagne socialist and incompetent; and has been subjected to votes of no confidence by a policyholders' action group.’
    • ‘As I've got older and richer, I admit I've become a champagne socialist - sorry, make that vintage champagne socialist - but I'm certainly not apologising for it.’
    • ‘The Respect MP, an avowed champagne socialist, has a penchant for good food.’
    • ‘Not generally known for their sense of humour but generally good-natured these lefties are always happy to tease the champagne socialists that inhabit Islington.’
    • ‘Now, being of the champagne socialist disposition in many matters of taste and lifestyle I enjoy my foods gentrified and organic.’
    • ‘The champagne socialists had certainly never lived in Russia or China.’
    • ‘This is the Islington, champagne socialist dream- move to the south of France and I must say I share it.’
    • ‘Putting on his socks might now be a challenge, but the champagne socialist still likes to slosh round the bubbly stuff and talk about his work, politics and the two Penelopes in his life’
    • ‘It tends to be an extremist point - I've been called a champagne socialist acting out of middle class guilt and I resented it… particularly because it hit home.’
    • ‘He is a former champagne socialist who survived the excesses of the 1980's and 90's working in The City to forge a career as a struggling freelancer in Frankfurt, Germany.’
    • ‘The old left was interested in pushing its liberal humanist agenda to win middle class champagne socialist support, whilst being careful of not alienating its working class base.’
    • ‘She is Britain's first lady, not a term I like because it is an Americanism, but I use it to clear up any confusion as the champagne socialist Cherie Blair seems to think she has that honour.’
    • ‘It's sad to say this, but I am actually your definition of a champagne socialist.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong - I'm as politically committed as the next champagne socialist.’
    • ‘Beginning in Italy with the second world war mere weeks away, its eponymous heroine is a young Englishwoman married to Gabriele, the champagne socialist scion of the wealthy D' Alessandria clan.’
    • ‘He's blasted the Blairite champagne socialists and denounced dog owners, tattooed goths, and the Presbyterians who believe Lutheranism is a form of crazed hedonism.’
    • ‘There are those who don't like her impassioned, intuitive polemics, who claim that, living in her comfortable Delhi house with her film director husband she is just another champagne socialist.’


champagne socialist

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