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left-handed wife

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left-handed wife rate
(Adult / Slang)
1. A morganatic wife. Defined by Captain Francis Grose in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811) as: ' A concubine; an allusion to an ancient German custom, aoccoring to which, when a man married his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, he gave her his left hand.' See wife for synonyms.

2. A mistress. See mistress for synonyms.



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