pigs in the parlour

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pigs in the parlour (uncountable)

  1. (Ireland, UK) An allegory of a backward rural society.
    • 1986, Yonah Alexander, Alan O'Day, Ireland's terrorist dilemma, page 111
      Before 1968, what little coverage there was of Irish affairs was of the traditional 'pigs in the parlour' kind.