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wallflower

[wawl-flou-er] /ˈwɔlˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
a person who, because of shyness, unpopularity, or lack of a partner, remains at the side at a party or dance.
2.
any person, organization, etc., that remains on or has been forced to the sidelines of any activity:
The firm was a wallflower in this year's bidding for government contracts.
3.
a European plant, Cheiranthus cheiri, of the mustard family, that, when growing wild on walls, cliffs, etc., has sweet-scented, usually yellow or orange flowers, but when cultivated has flowers varying in color from pale yellow to brown-red or purple.
4.
any of several related plants of the genera Cheiranthus and Erysimum.
Origin of wallflower
1570-1580
1570-80; wall + flower
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British Dictionary definitions for wallflower

wallflower

/ˈwɔːlˌflaʊə/
noun
1.
Also called gillyflower. a plant, Cheiranthus cheiri, of S Europe, grown for its clusters of yellow, orange, brown, red, or purple fragrant flowers and naturalized on old walls, cliffs, etc: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.
any of numerous other crucifers of the genera Cheiranthus and Erysimum, having orange or yellow flowers
3.
(informal) a person who stays on the fringes of a dance or party on account of lacking a partner or being shy
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Word Origin and History for wallflower
n.

1570s, "flowering plant cultivated in gardens," from wall (n.) + flower (n.). Colloquial sense of "woman who sits by the wall at parties, often for want of a partner" is first recorded 1820.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wallflower

wallet biopsy

noun phrase

Determination of who is to pay for medical services: the first examination performed is a wallet biopsy/ We don't perform a wallet X-ray before giving treatment (1980s+ Medical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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