One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially during the 1980s) wealthy business people of Queensland, typically property developers, perceived as aggressively commercial, vulgarly showy, and politically conservative.‘the white shoe brigade preferred the real-estate speculation model of productivity’
- ‘Symbols of the excesses of the white-shoe brigade may be kitsch and amusing, but are indicative of a society where development was pursued for the good of a few.’
- ‘They're going to support nasty, grasping, greedy, profit-driven, Rolls Royce-driving, trample on the underclass, uncaring, urban sprawling, habitat destroying, white shoe brigade developers?’
- ‘The conference room was stacked with people who looked and behaved like caricatures of the legendary white shoe brigade of the Eighties boom time.’
- ‘The white shoe brigade had always been threatening to come across the border and they succeeded.’
- ‘He became a billionaire via the Gold Coast White Shoe Brigade and the mining business.’
- ‘The week began with talk of casinos and theme parks, and the white shoe brigade stomping in and claiming Federation Peak.’
- ‘The high-rise hotels, shopping malls and themed restaurants have long been known as the haunt of the nouveaux riches and what Australians dismiss as "the white shoe brigade".’
- ‘The only people who will benefit are the lawyers, the accountants, and the white shoes brigade.’
- ‘He speaks with a sense and maturity way above his years, unlike some of Queensland's old "white shoe brigade" who set up the Gold Coast's Sanctuary Cove and the golf course he calls home.’
- ‘It's the revenge of the white shoe brigade - they want to rip it up and destroy what we came to enjoy.’
1980s: with reference to the showy white shoes worn by property developers in the period.
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