fish wives

fishwife

[fish-wahyf]
noun, plural fishwives.
1.
a woman who sells fish.
2.
a coarse-mannered, vulgar-tongued woman.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English fisshwyf. See fish, wife

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fishwife (ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf)
 
n , pl -wives
1.  a woman who sells fish
2.  a coarse scolding woman
 
'fishwifely
 
adj

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fishwife
1520s, from fish + wife in the woman sense.
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