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ice maiden

pejorative A coolly composed, unemotional woman; a woman without affection or warmth of feeling. I don't know how Janet can go out with an ice maiden like Mary. Many see the prime minister as some kind of ice maiden, but I think she's just being as tough as she needs to be.
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maiden voyage

Fig. the first voyage of a ship or boat. The liner sank on its maiden voyage. Jim is taking his yacht on its maiden voyage.
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maiden voyage

The first experience, as in This tennis tournament is my maiden voyage in statewide competition. This term, originally meaning the first voyage of a ship, was first recorded in 1901, but the use of maiden to signify "the first time" dates from the mid-1500s.
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References in classic literature ?
She was a beautiful and tender-hearted maiden, and looked at these poor doomed captives with very different feelings from those of the iron-breasted King Minos.
The seven maiden s and six of the young men soon sobbed themselves to slumber.
Theseus," said the maiden, "you can now get on board your vessel, and sail away for Athens.
Dear maiden," said he, "thou wilt surely go with us.
When she had lived there some time, it happened that the King of the country was hunting in the forest, and his hunters came to the tree on which the maiden sat.
The huntsmen would not leave her alone, but climbed the tree, lifted the maiden down, and led her to the King.
He set her at table by his side, and her modest ways and behavior pleased him so much that he said, 'I will marry this maiden and none other in the world,' and after some days he married her.
The little maiden smiled through her tears, came up to Dorothy, and placed her slender fingers in the Kansas girl's chubby hand.
It was many days before Haita saw the maiden again.
As he spoke, the maiden, clad in glittering garments, met him in the path with a smile that took away his breath.
The maiden again vanished, and he turned and fled for his life.
When he had ended, the holy hermit was a moment silent, then said: "My son, I have attended to thy story, and I know the maiden.
Just as he left off, the maiden woke up, rubbed her eyes, got off the bank, and had a dance all alone too--such a dance that the savage looked on in ecstasy all the while, and when it was done, plucked from a neighbouring tree some botanical curiosity, resembling a small pickled cabbage, and offered it to the maiden, who at first wouldn't have it, but on the savage shedding tears relented.
This, sir,' said Mr Vincent Crummles, bringing the maiden forward,
Oh, Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair," cried Pinocchio, "open, I beg of you.