Lady of the House

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Lady of the House

A woman who manages a household while her husband or partner earns the family income. In marketing, household products may be targeted to ladies of the house.
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References in classic literature ?
So I only remained long enough to tell him that the woman of the house was bringing down some bedding and that I hoped that he would have a good night's rest.
"And the young woman of the house," asked Dr Hood, with huge and silent amusement, "what does she want?"
The woman of the house grows increasingly unnerved by the outsiders' presence and she slowly relinquishes her slender grasp on reality.
She, for all of the above reasons; I, because it's really hard to be the woman of the house when you've got competition.