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    Default I have not found this idiom in my dictionary!

    hi,

    Who can tell me the meaning of "born to the purple''. I know this is an idiom. I have searched for its meaning on the internet but I have not found anything related to it. Those who know its meaning please give also an example.

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    Default Re: I have not found this idiom in my dictionary!

    In ancient Rome, purple-edged togas were a symbol of superior social status- does that make sense?

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    Default Re: I have not found this idiom in my dictionary!

    not for me


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    Default Re: I have not found this idiom in my dictionary!

    It means, literally, to be born to royalty. Figuratively, it means to be born to wealth and priviledge.

    Wilfred was born to the purple, but wasted his time hanging out with his low-life college friends.

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    thanks for your help

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