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trophy wife

cliché A wife whom a man has married primarily or solely for her youth and good looks, and who has married her husband because of his wealth, power, or success. You're such a bimbo that the only way you'll ever succeed is if some old rich dude takes you as his trophy wife some day! I know a lot of people assume I'm Don's trophy wife or something, but the love between us is very strong and very real.
See also: wife
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trophy wife

A young woman, usually a second wife, who is married for her extreme attractiveness and/or accomplishments, which her wealthy and powerful husband wants to show off as a winner might display a trophy. The term may have been coined earlier but became popular after it appeared in Fortune, where Julie Connelly wrote, “Powerful men are beginning to demand trophy wives” (Aug. 28, 1989). It is now a cliché.
See also: wife
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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