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purdahpur‧dah /ˈpɜːdə, -dɑː $ ˈpɜːr-/ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 RRIthe custom in some Muslim and Hindu societies in which women stay indoors or cover their faces so that men cannot see themin purdah 🔊 The bride remains in purdah until the wedding.2 a period of being alone, especially to keep something secret 🔊 18 months of self-imposed purdah
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purdahWe think we have to fight purdah and fundamentalist tenets.She has spent her married life locked in purdah in a castle.It represents a small assault on the bastion of purdah.Here on the dang strict purdah is impractical and everyone understands this, brothers-in-law included.None the less, after about eighteen months in technological purdah, he emerged, having resolved most of the equipment problems.A cavalier attitude to purdah was one thing; for a woman to be seen exposing her nether regions quite another.
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