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The meaning of "children should be seen and not heard"

" Children should be seen and not heard "
Old proverb suggesting that children should not impinge on the adult world.
Grandma is a bit strict. We shouldn't judge her though - things were tougher in her childhood. She was expected to be seen and not heard.
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Rarely used seriously any longer. Now more likely be heard in black and white movies than in real life.
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