the lady of the house


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the lady of the house

A woman who looks after and runs the house; the matriarch of a family or household. I'm afraid you'll have to ask the lady of the house, as she's the one who makes those sorts of decisions around here.
See also: house, lady, of
References in classic literature ?
I am the lady of the house at present," said the stranger, with a whimsical smile.
I accordingly informed the Indian that the lady of the house was out; and I warned him and his party off the premises.
The lady of the house looked round at the servant who was waiting, and said, "Tell the children to come in.
I shall certainly persuade Mr Borum to take a private box,' said the lady of the house, after a most gracious reception.
Now, let us take a look at a possible scenario when it is time for the lady of the house to come back home.
Mary Flora, the lady of the house, informed Gulf News that the family has been living in dangerous conditions.
He had heard the lady of the house had expressed her doubts about his reputation of skill in stealing jewelery.
Believing that the grandmother had their license plate number, the two burglars also called the police; they fabricated a story about having car trouble and innocently stopping at the grandmother's house for help when the lady of the house pulled a gun on them.
According to the lady of the house, Louise Yorke, he was 'non-too sober' and rotated it until the thread ran out.
Flanagan never lays out an argument for full-time mothering that would persuade those not already convinced, but she implies that, like painting windowsills, child-rearing is best left to the lady of the house.
There I vacuumed, cleaned and helped the lady of the house.
Morticia was the lady of the house, and along with husband Gomez looked the most normal of the lot.
The owners requested a light-filled space where the lady of the house "could relax and read during morning baths.
When questioned, the lady of the house remarked that the dress was unfastened in such a manner as to disclose a considerable portion of neck and that it was her opinion that such a state of undress was unsuitable for a respectable domestic environment.