a person of Irish descent who, because of family money, is accepted into WASP society; tends to act, speak, and dress like a member of the upper-class WASP establishment.
That lace-curtain Irish bastard wouldn't last a minute in Southie.
by LCIMAN January 25, 2009
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Refers to Irish immigrants who, though living in shanties (shacks) would hold their airs and snobbishness. So called because they'd hang lace curtains in their tiny shacks.
My mom keeps the family silver in her double-wide, she's modern day lace-curtain Irish.
by billmax August 4, 2010
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Individuals who take the dishes out of the sink before urinating in it.
My family were lace curtain Irish who came over on a cattle boat that carried no cattle.
by Tcallahan October 8, 2022
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