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maid-of-all-work Line breaks: maid-of-all-work

Definition of maid-of-all-work in English:


A female servant doing general housework.
Example sentences
  • She never married, and she became the maid-of-all-work who nursed her father in his last years.
  • Charles meets Ella, a young woman who labors as a maid-of-all-work.
  • Amongst the lower middle class only a maid-of-all-work was employed, who often endured very long hours and little prestige.

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