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agony aunt Line breaks: agony aunt

Definition of agony aunt in English:


British informal
A woman who answers letters in an agony column: her secret letter to a magazine agony aunt
More example sentences
  • While we don't think she should take up an agony aunt column any time soon, her advice wasn't the worst in the world.
  • Every newspaper agony aunt has been on double-time producing guides to surviving seasonal stress.
  • The letters are answered by a well-known journalist who has become an agony aunt.

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