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An uptight person, usually but not always female, usually but not always of conservative mores, who reacts with shock, feigned or otherwise, at other people's violations of decorum, propriety, morality, and so forth.
Someone got up at the PTA meeting and suggested the school hand out condoms to teenagers. The pearl clutchers in the audience nearly went into cardiac arrest.
by Emdeecee December 09, 2007
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An extremely easily-offended person, especially to the point of histrionic screaming and grandstanding.
Twitter used to be great, but then all the pearl-clutchers discovered it.
by Nixie Flatline February 07, 2018
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