What will Mrs. Grundy say? What will our rivals or neighbours say?
The phrase is from Tom Morton's Speed the Plough. In the first
scene Mrs. Ashfield shows herself very jealous of neighbour Grundy, and
farmer Ashfield says to her, “Be quiet, wull ye? Always ding, dinging
Dame Grundy into my ears. What will Mrs. Grundy zay? What will Mrs.
Grundy think? ...”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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