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Eight Lines Uttered by Meryl Streep in a Plummy British Accent in the New Margaret Thatcher Movie

Any time you’ve got Meryl Streep doing an accent, you’ve got an Oscar-winner on your hands.

Here are the eight best lines — spoken in her astoundingly realistic and plummy British accent — from Streep’s portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

» “I love the smell of coal dust in the morning.”

» “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty socialist.”

» “I’m going to make Mr. Callaghan an offer he can’t refuse.”

» “Nature, Mr. Gorbachev, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”

» “Badges, General Galtieri? We don’t have to show you any stinking badges.”

» “Are you talking to me? I mean, are you speaking rudely to me?”

» “Nobody puts Iron Lady in a corner.”

» “Ronnie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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