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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One's mother.
  • n. One's wife.
  • n. One's girlfriend, especially a lover with whom one lives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elderly woman.
  • n. One's mother.
  • n. One's girlfriend, wife or significant other.
  • n. The Bank of England, sometimes referred to as the "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" or simply "The Old Lady". (see: Bank of England on Wikipedia)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a large European noctuid moth (Mormo maura).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. your own wife

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    She passed me a picture of a sweet little old lady on crutches.
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    - Jasper Fforde, 'Lost In A Good Book'.

    November 24, 2008