maiden aunt

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an unmarried aunt

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Now we admit pink lippy can be tricky to pull off, as it can easily look chalky and a tad maiden aunt, but these formulas have lovely velvety pigments with a subtle pearly gleam to make them modern and wearable.
We see the maiden aunt with a face like a smacked bum.
ONE downside of a car that sips fuel like a maiden aunt at the sherry decanter is you don't get to see the fuel cap very often.
Entertaining though they are, it's probably best not to take your maiden aunt with you, if maiden aunts still exist.
The advice, which ranges from micro-management to maternal instruction, takes the tone of a maiden aunt. Much of it makes sense - "Don't answer texts or anything else after midnight"; "Don't get wasted on dates"; "Don't relocate because of a guy" - while many chapters, such as "Don't talk too much in the first few weeks", might make the modern woman recoil.
At the risk of sounding like a minister in a pulpit or a Victorian maiden aunt, haven't we forgotten what Christmas is all about?
But these days it seems to resemble nothing so much as a crotchety maiden aunt at war with herself, wasting all energy on endless navel-gazing.
The smell and the noise was horrible and made me feel like a Victorian maiden aunt.
This is about as dangerous as being confronted by a mildly miffed 90-year-old maiden aunt armed with a wet lettuce.
You might not address everyone, including your dizzy maiden aunt, as 'man' now, and you might not be able to grow what is left of your hair very long.
The on-the-hour tours will be conducted by Shannon and Susan Applegate, dressed as two of their maiden aunt ancestors, Lucy and Irene Applegate, claimed by some to still occupy upstairs rooms in the house, especially at night.
I am not sure my dead maiden aunt would feel very pleased to have her life so publically paraded with all its pleasures and quirks.
Terminally ill and looking to hasten her impending death, elderly maiden aunt Rosamunde has one thing she must do first: record an oral family history for her cousin Beatrix's blind and long-estranged grandchild, Imogene.
It was a portrait that helped solidify the opinion that she seemed, as her friend Reynolds Price lamented, "the Benign and Beamish Maiden Aunt of American Letters." Marrs writes, "It helped to create an image of Welty as shy and retiring." Welty began to change her mind about a biography in 1998 when Ann Waldron's unauthorized biography, Eudora, which stigmatized Welty as an ugly duckling of sorts, was published.