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the legal aspects of the married state (for the sociological aspects, see marriage). The Marriage Contract

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a man's partner in marriage; a married woman
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For good measure, here's another old wives' tale in the beer industry: beer distributors have a single value.
As to the old wives' tale, if you do live in a fluctuating climate and ant to put your piano near an exterior wall, make sure the wall is well insulated and any nearby windows well sealed.
We had no intention of finding out what we were having but an old wives' tale indicated we were having a little girl.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found that the old wives' tale about morning sickness being a sign of a healthy pregnancy may be true.
As a modern woman, I will take part in this old wives' tale, and entertain the thought that my soul mate will visit me in my dream and quench my thirst.
RE: SMACKING: ``Spare the rod and spoil the child'' is not an old wives' tale as stated by Sue Woolmore, NSPCC Public Policy Adviser for the North (Daily Post, November 9 ).
IT IS an old wives' tale that the demands of the Royal & SunAlliance Chase put too severe a strain on the runners, and compromise their future.
Although the proposition sounds like an old wives' tale, Shoghag Lajinian, chief resident at the SUNY Health Science Center of Brooklyn, N.
The finding, in mice, suggests the old wives' tale about resisting the urge to scratch an itch has a scientific basis.
There is an old wives' tale that suggests that the sound of Marc Tracy talking heatedly about sports will countervail bad weather.
Enter your tale marking which category you're entering - either Old Wives' Tale for advice passed on by your grandma, your mum or his mum - or New Wives' Tale if your story is a modern myth.
There's an old wives' tale in that country that the team who take the pitch first always loses.