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a good husband makes a good wife

If a husband treats his wife well, she will treat him well in return. I do the dishes because it gives Shannon much needed time to relax, and a good husband makes a good wife.
See also: good, husband, make, wife

man and wife

Two people who are married to each other. Another way of saying "husband and wife." How are you two doing, now that you're man and wife?
See also: and, man, wife

take a wife

To marry a woman. I can't believe my son is taking a wife on Saturday. Kids grow up so fast! Is there any hope of Sir Reginald taking a wife in the near future?
See also: take, wife

take to wife

To marry a woman. Is it true that Sir Reginald is taking Lady Jane to wife?
See also: take, wife

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion

If one is involved with a famous or prominent figure, one must avoid attracting negative attention or scrutiny. Julius Caesar allegedly used the phrase to explain why he divorced his wife, Pompeia. After my son's scandal derailed my presidential bid, I understood why Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.
See also: above, must, suspicion, wife

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.

Prov. The associates of public figures must not even be suspected of wrongdoing. (The ancient Roman Julius Caesar is supposed to have said this when asked why he divorced his wife, Pompeia. Because she was suspected of some wrongdoing, he could not associate with her anymore.) Jill: I don't think the mayor is trustworthy; his brother was charged with embezzlement. Jane: But the charges were never proved. Jill: That doesn't matter. Caesar's wife must be above suspicion. When the newspapers reported the rumor that the lieutenant governor had failed to pay his taxes, the governor forced him to resign, saying, "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion."
See also: above, must, suspicion, wife

A good husband makes a good wife.

 and A good Jack makes a good Jill.
Prov. If a husband or man wants his wife or girlfriend to be respectful and loving to him, he should be respectful and loving to her. Don't blame your wife for being short-tempered with you; you've been so unpleasant to her lately. A good husband makes a good wife.
See also: good, husband, make, wife

How's the wife?

Inf. a phrase used by a man when inquiring about a male friend's wife. Tom: Hi, Fred, how are you? Fred: Good. And you? Tom: Great! How's the wife? Fred: Okay, and yours? Tom: Couldn't be better. Bill: Hi, Bob. How's the wife? Bob: Doing fine. How's every little thing? Bill: Great!

(all) the world and his wife

  (British & Australian informal)
a very large number of people It's a huge outdoor concert - I imagine the world and his wife will be there.
See also: and, wife, world


see under wives.


n. a girlfriend. (Collegiate.) Me and my wife are going to Fred’s this Friday.


n. a sleeveless undershirt. (see also boy-beater.) He always wears wife-beaters with no outer shirt.

Caesar's wife

A woman whose ethics should not be questioned. A Roman emperor's wife was deemed to be above reproach; if her morals were called in question, it was a serious problem to her husband's image and political and social power. The phrase came down over the centuries to be applied to any woman, married to a leader or not, whose behavior was—or should be—beyond criticism. (According to the historian Suetonius, what Julius Caesar actually said translates as “My wife should be as much free from suspicion of a crime as she is from a crime itself.”)
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In this mixture of marital statuses, the author disturbs the fixed traditional construction of wifehood as the only respectable state of adult womanhood.
Motivated by her fears that Sue will complete the transition to woman- and wifehood while leaving herself back "alone," Dickinson increasingly attempts to reconfigure Sue in the role of child, particularly in letters written shortly before Sue's marriage: "There has not been a day, Child, that I've not thought of you" (L172); "dear Child" (L177); "Dear Children-Mattie-Sue" (L178); "my Children" (L178).
Flora's deathbed speech undermines the middle-class cultural narratives of devoted wifehood and is an integral part of Blake's explication of the price women pay for society's expectations of middle-class women.
Here was the blossoming of a woman who clearly felt trapped and frustrated by wifehood.
The play opens with a direct address to the semantics of womanhood in the dominant nationalist discourse: womanhood is satisfied in the combination of wifehood and motherhood.
It's about the care I have to offer myself in away I never have in the past in order to sustain wifehood and motherhood," she says.
She defuses the risks attendant on her publicity on the more culturally admired attributes of femininity: motherhood, wifehood, helplessness, need.
The only way the Massaia can attempt to achieve an authentic identity distinct from wifehood and motherhood is by dis-identifying with her mother and by taking control of her body and reproductive function.
Since it cannot be spoken, it appears as symptom: for Sula as promiscuity, for Nel as first subservient wifehood and then repressed sexuality and excessive mothering.
They propagate the glorification of wifehood and motherhood as the purpose of a woman's being, the sphere of all women's actions.
Joan refers back to the notion to which Ann awakens, how "shocking [it is] for a woman to discover that wifehood and motherhood are really best carried through as matters of business" (262).
In particular, the page realizes the pointlessness of her dedication to a man who did not respect or appreciate her intense capabilities: "'Have I renounced my womanhood / For wifehood unto thee?
The Senator's Wife delivers two differently flawed accounts of the state of wifehood in such a seamless form that the novel's bleakness registers only slowly and late.