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old maid

a card game using a pack from which one card has been removed, in which players try to avoid holding the unpaired card at the end of the game
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But mice eat bumble-bees and cats eat mice and old maids keep cats.
So don't worry if you do get to be old maids, girls," said Dan.
It shall be on your family's behalf that I'll start my apprenticeship as old maid.
At twenty-five, girls begin to talk about being old maids, but secretly resolve that they never will be.
Gentlemen, which means boys, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.
Again the two old maids cried in heartfelt chorus that they wished they had not sold their field.
All the succeeding governments, even that of the Hundred Days, refused to appoint him mayor of Alencon,--a place he coveted, which, could he have had it, would, he thought, have won him the hand of a certain old maid on whom his matrimonial views now turned.
Both, ensconced in their idea and wearing the armor of apparent indifference, awaited the moment when some lucky chance might deliver the old maid over to them.
Besides, his marriage with the old maid would put him socially so high in the town that he would have great influence.
Emma features the most overt discussion of old maids in Austen's work, and Miss Bates is the most famous of Austen's spinsters--but the heroine of Persuasion, Anne Elliot, is the most overlooked.
Like bicycling old maids and long shadows on cricket grounds, there are few things still guaranteed to make a certain sector of this country go misty-eyed and blather on about bootstraps and backbone.
Too much ink has been spilled in recent years defining Englishness in terms of fish and chips, or old maids riding on bicycles to holy communion through the early morning mist" - Sir Roy Strong.