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chor woo muhn

  • n  a human female employed to do housework

  • Forty people who could not forget a charwoman gathered at her grave on the outskirts of Mexico City last week.
  • Sim gets his best support from Kathleen Harrison, who expands the Dickens vignette of Scrooge's glum charwoman into a life-size comic portrait.
  • Homelier touches include Hadrian giving an audience to a charwoman who had once befriended the "spoiled priest" and who now brings him a jar of her own pickled onions.

  • Virginia Woolf in Times Online
    This was written in 1930, just months after Woolf asked, in her eloquent assault on the male-dominated status quo in A Room of One's Own: "Is the charwoman who has brought up eight children of less value to the world than the barrister who has made...

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