Lady Bountiful

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lady bountiful

an ostentatiously charitable woman
[after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)]
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La′dy Boun′tiful

n., pl. Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful.
1. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1707), noted for her kindness and generosity.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity.
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I recalled her as an energetic, autocratic personality, somewhat inclined to charitable and social notoriety, with a fondness for opening bazaars and playing the Lady Bountiful. She was a most generous woman, and possessed a considerable fortune of her own.
Unlike critics who place Dorothea in the philanthropic tradition of the Lady Bountiful, Leckie points out that this character's passion is for designing cottages for the poor, not visiting them.
Christina has just finished a masters degree in marketing and creative advertising at Manchester Metropolitan University, and currently works part-time at the Lady Bountiful clothes shop in Chorlton - which caters for women sized 18 and above - and she helps to advise customers on dressing for their shape.
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My Lady Bountiful act is bringing along my cook, two maids and driver and shouldering the very affordable bill for their purchases.
Lester rejected the condescending Lady Bountiful model that had characterized Victorian philanthropy and instead, following a girlhood epiphany, sought to remake society in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount.
But then Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, wearing her Lady Bountiful cloak, announced that Germany would accept as many as wanted to come.
It can feel a bit one-direction, a little "Lady Bountiful scattering green cards among the masses." Because immigrants bring us gifts, enrich us and improve our lives, as well.
Cameron was playing Lady Bountiful with our money at a point when the public purse was not just empty, but things were having to be put back at the supermarket till because we couldn't pay for them.
He was paying for his extravagance with a mixture of his elderly mother Hannah's money - he calls her Lady Bountiful - and, essentially defrauding credit card companies and banks.
During the case the court was told that not only was he relying on the benevolence of his mother, Hannah, who he calls 'Lady Bountiful', he had run up debts of around pounds 90,000 by scamming credit card companies.