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adventuress rate
(Adult / Slang)
Woman who schemes to gain social position, wealth, etc., by equivocal and unscrupulous means. See playgirl for synonyms.


(1) Charlie Pike (Henry Fonda) and Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) in The Lady Eve (1941):
-- Charlie: ' Are you an adventuress? '
-- Jean: ' Of course I am. All women are. They have to be. If you waited for a man to propose to you from natural courses, you'd die of old maidenhood.'

(2) Geraldine Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) leaving her husband Tom (Joel McCrea) in The Palm Beach Story (1942):
-- Gerry: ' I may not get married again. I might become an adventuress.'
-- Tom: ' I can just see you starting for China on a twenty-six foot sailboat.'
-- Gerry: ' You're thinking of an adventurer, dear. An adventuress never goes on anything under three hundred feet with a crew of eighty.'

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