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  • However, later, when Billie falls ill food poisoning, milked for comedic effect, Mama has to beg Millie to fill in for Billie so that Rich Suitor won't be distracted by Billie's nemesis, the unscrupulous grass-widow Carlotta.

    July 2008

  • There were half a dozen: two or three d├ębutantes, an actress (in a minor way), a grass-widow, and one sentimental little brunette who was married and lived in a little house in Jersey City.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • I gave a moment's thought to what a certain not very old lady, whom I had left at home, might say when she heard of my lodging with a grass-widow and three young girls, and sprung into bed.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • I gave a moment's thought to what a certain not very old lady, whom I had left at home, might say when she heard of my lodging with a grass-widow and three young girls, and sprang into bed.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time

  • "Our virtue is all we po 'fo'ks has got -- if we lose that we ain't got nothin' lef '," Mrs. Banks of grass-widow fame had once said, and saying it had expressed Cottontown's opinion.

    The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills

  • But she did not fancy Simla in the season as a grass-widow, and had had quite enough of being alone.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • The place was run by a family of three ... there was Mister Brown, the man, a huge-built, blotch-faced, retired stone-mason, his meagre little wife, Mrs. Brown, and their grass-widow daughter, Flora ....

    Tramping on Life

  • Samuel's grass-widow had been in a quarrelsome mood for three or four weeks, and through contrast, he took an accentuated pleasure in this meeting; so fresh was she, and earnest, and faintly adventurous.

    Flappers and Philosophers

  • Overseer of men's destinies not seen fit to guide him to the Frontier, out of reach of demoralising influences, it is doubtful whether he would have escaped the trail of the petticoat, the snare of the grass-widow in determined search of amusement.

    The Great Amulet

  • Miss Jim was an anomaly in the community, being by theory a spinster, and by practice a double grass-widow.

    Mr. Opp

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