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child wife

a very young wife.
Origin of child wife
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The sweet, child-wife he had loved so dearly was lost from his life forever.

    Little Golden's Daughter Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • Fear for France and for his child-wife at the chlet had pursued him even in his sleep.

    The Garden of Swords Max Pemberton
  • She was the "child-wife" of David Copperfield, and loved to sit by him and hold his pens while he wrote.

  • I mourned for my child-wife, taken from her blooming world, so young.

  • Thereafter the child-wife passes into a quasi-seraglio type of life.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • I laughingly asked my child-wife what her fancy was in desiring to be so called.

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • You remind me of Dora, the child-wife, in David Copperfield.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • When you are going to be angry with me, say to yourself, "it's only my child-wife!"

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • He thought her a sort of child-wife, whom a little scolding or a kiss would altogether sway.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • I am far from sure, now, that it was right to do this, but I did it for my child-wife's sake.

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens

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