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old maid

1. dated A disparaging term for an older, unmarried woman. She had a few suitors in her youth, but now Edna is an old maid. My parents are pressuring me to get married—they don't want any of their daughters to become an old maid.
2. A fussy, prudish person. You better make sure the place settings are perfect, what with the old maid coming to dinner tonight.
3. A card game in which players pair matching cards and try to avoid being the last one holding the only card with no mate, dubbed the "old maid." When my kids were little, they loved playing old maid.
See also: maid, old

an old ˈmaid

(old-fashioned, disapproving) a woman who has never married and is now no longer young
See also: maid, old
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In The History of Miss Ravensworth, the old maid is "about forty" and the maid is "a pretty young girl about sixteen" (Skinn 4).
In "The Old Maid," Wharton offers a sophisticated, trenchant critique of Old New York's racial politics.
So the next time you play Old Maid, be sure to shuffle at least four times.
The wife possesses individualism, as does the old maid.
Dean Bradshaw on the piano provided a controlled and congruent interpretation of all three operas, while Gary Ewer inconspicuously conducted The Old Maid and the Thief and kept it tightly moving.
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The incident took place in Civil Lines area of Faisalabad early Tuesday morning when Jawad allegedly tortured 12 year old maid and later the maid was fired from her job and thrown out of the house at midnight.
The 19- year- old maid, who was hired through a placement agency, had accused Singh of raping her in the house of his father- in- law on May 12, 2009 and she was threatened by him not to disclose it to anyone.
The lady who put us up was an old maid, totally out of her depth with two large 11 and 12-year-old boys.
I don't see myself as an old maid but they seem to.
Ottawa natives Julie Nesrallah and Shannon Mercer opened the evening in The Old Maid and the Thief, the deliciously witty satire on bourgeois morality created by Menotti in 1947.
Bartolo, was difficult to hear; Simone Alberghini showed good voice as the easily corruptible Don Basilio; and Suzanna Guzman was the highlight of the second act as the old maid Berta.
The second is <IR> THE OLD MAID </IR> , always considered the most successful of this quartet.
ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday termed an intra court appeal (ICA) moved by former Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife against charges of torturing 10-year old maid Tayyaba non- maintainable.