Modest Proposal

What Does "Modest Proposal" Mean?

"Modest proposal" is an English idiom. It means "a suggestion that is not modest at all." It is often used ironically. The term comes from Jonathan Swift's satirical essay "A Modest Proposal," where he suggested that the poor sell their children as food.

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Here are three examples of the idiom "modest proposal" used in a sentence:

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