woman of the house


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Synonyms for woman of the house

a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

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The coach jolts, I wake with a start, and the flute has come back again, and the Master at Salem House is sitting with his legs crossed, playing it dolefully, while the old woman of the house looks on delighted.
I dreamed, I thought, that once while he was blowing into this dismal flute, the old woman of the house, who had gone nearer and nearer to him in her ecstatic admiration, leaned over the back of his chair and gave him an affectionate squeeze round the neck, which stopped his playing for a moment.
I was able to leave her, until my return later in the day, under the care of the woman of the house.
I begged him to make himself at home and said that I would go at once and hunt up the woman of the house who would make him up a bed on the big couch there.
So I only remained long enough to tell him that the woman of the house was bringing down some bedding and that I hoped that he would have a good night's rest.
At present she has only one lodger, the young man called Todhunter; but he has given more trouble than all the rest, for he wants to marry the young woman of the house.
And the young woman of the house," asked Dr Hood, with huge and silent amusement, "what does she want?