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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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It shall be on your family's behalf that I'll start my apprenticeship as old maid.
Again the two old maids cried in heartfelt chorus that they wished they had not sold their field.
She was prepared to sacrifice her natural desire for youth, beauty, and virtue in a husband if she could escape from her parents on no easier terms, but she was resolved to die an old maid sooner than marry an upstart.
Tom said to himself, "Those old maids waited to dress--they did the same thing the night Stevens's house burned down next door.
But then, to be an old maid at last, like Miss Bates
This lady was now somewhat past the age of thirty, an aera at which, in the opinion of the malicious, the title of old maid may with no impropriety be assumed.
I cannot see why she must be always running down the men, even if she is an old maid.
Mother is not an old maid," said his virgin sister with pinched lips.
Her sister, Miss Watson, a tolerable slim old maid, with goggles on, had just come to live with her, and took a set at me now with a spelling-book.
The younger girls formed hopes of COMING OUT a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte's dying an old maid.
There's more of the old maid in you than the poet," she observed briefly.
I met them one day in a back street: you know Ladislaw's look--a sort of Daphnis in coat and waistcoat; and this little old maid reaching up to his arm--they looked like a couple dropped out of a romantic comedy.