born in a barn
a) Lacking a sense of etiquette; ill-mannered.

His aunt said angrily: "Fritz, were you born in a barn? Dont you have any manners?"

b) Of humble birth, especially when referring to Jesus Christ.

Phone at a symphony concert? Id ask if these people were born in a barn, but that would disrespect the animals.


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