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    Is there such an idiom?

    Are people familiar with the expression/idiom: 'in the presence of royalty'.
    If so I am wondering how frequently it is used? and what are its origins?
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    Re: Is there such an idiom?

    Quote Originally Posted by helen os View Post
    Are people familiar with the expression/idiom: 'in the presence of royalty'.
    If so I am wondering how frequently it is used? and what are its origins?
    helen os
    I've only heard it used literally.
    If someone is behaving very formally in a casual situation, you could say, "Relax, you're not in the presence of royalty".

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    Re: Is there such an idiom?

    This can be used to talk about meeting someone famous (like a well-known musician) or someone who's famous in a certain field (like the top table tennis player in the country if you're into table tennis).

    It's not something that people use often, but most people would understand what it means.

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