Housewife

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Housewife

A woman who stays home while her husband works to earn a living. Housewives generally are responsible for cooking, cleaning and child-rearing. For that reason, they form a strong demographic for products related to these activities. Housewives are less common today as women have gradually entered the workforce and more households have two breadwinners. See also: Housewife time.
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He sponsored a child of Hans Jacob Spiess, a hatmaker, in November 1590 and in the fall of 1592 sponsored a child of Georg Deck, "Kornmeister." (42) He and his wife had obviously become quite fond of Spiess and his wife, Anna, because Barbara, "Paulus Messerschmidt's hausfrau," sponsored another child of this couple in May 1592.
While Rumney's Jewish philosopher is the comic relief and mischievous star delight of Giles Croft's production - which comes complete with incredible Antiques Roadshow style set from Dawn Allsop - Claxton's repressed hausfrau is the engine of avarice.
(7) Gunilla-Frederike Budde, "Des Haushalts, schonster Schmuck: Die Hausfrau als Konsumexpertin des deutschen und englischen Burgertums im 19.
Der Verfasser dieses Artikel teilte sich eine Pizza aux 5 Legumes mit einer Hausfrau und einem Universitatsstudenten.
For example, Alois as a characterization is petty-minded, lecherous, and cruel; and Mara (Hitler's mother) is a God-fearing, sexually repressed hausfrau. Dieter might be a smart devil, but he's a blinkered novelist.
(By coincidence, the same fate befell Mozart's Constanza; anyone who has a mental picture of Wolfgang and Constanza as lovers forever young should brace themselves for an image of an elderly Hausfrau with a likeness to a Queen Victoria distinctly unamused.) Yet The 'Iron Duke' became an almost universally revered public figure, especially in his years when he was no longer seen as a Tory politician.
Would that all the stuff you buy were that simply and clearly ID'd by the list-making hausfrau for the hapless husband who occasionally brings it home.
The 31-year-old is playing Susan, a blowsy hausfrau with two teenage kids in Cornwall-set, night-time soap Echo Beach.
The comparison is broadened to include an entire class of women during a discussion between Faustina and her sister, who revels in her role as Hausfrau. They resort to the slavery metaphor in referring to the power that moneyed men wield over women in marriage.