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My mother used it to categorize people that had fantastic looking 'outsides' but were hiding ugly secrets. Those 'lace curtains' were meant to make a family look good, while inside there was child abuse, spousal abuse, infidelities, and so on.

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βˆ™ 2022-06-07 21:08:40
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βˆ™ 2009-01-10 18:33:44

The 'lace curtain Irish' were poor immigrants who had designs on becoming more upwardly mobile. In other words, they were considered social climbers by the other Irish immigrants.

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