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  • n  the sphere of work by women
  • n  the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
  • s  characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

  • Nearly 40 years after her father's blunt comment, Guiliano says she has figured out the difference between American and French lifestyles--at least on the distaff side.
  • Though the First Ladies managed to keep the summit's distaff side free of controversy, White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan did not fare so well.
  • To spur growth in impoverished countries, a handful of enlightened capitalists have been trying to unleash these distaff entrepreneurial spirits.
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  • Movie Blog: 10 Worst Movie Fathers Ever
    Though I found myself struggling to come up with a shortlist of candidates as compelling as the collection that formed the distaff side, the horror genre alone ensured that there would be no shortage of contenders.
    June 13, 2013 - CBS Minnesota

  • Freddie Head in Independent
    There is the Distaff [over nine furlongs, now called the Ladies' Classic], the Filly & Mare Turf, or the Mile,Head said. "We'll see, but she will stick to a mile in Europe. She will go to the Prix du Moulin next [on 7 September], and won't...
  • Maureen Dowd in Washington Post
    Maureen Dowd says that "in the distaff version of Swift-boating," Republicans "are casting Hillary Clinton as an Angry Woman, a she-monster melding images of Medea, the Furies, harpies, a knife-wielding Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction' . . ....
  • D Wayne Lukas in ESPN
    She's very good right now,Lukas said. "We're going to swing for the fences. She's already won the Distaff. We're going to see if we can do something that hasn't been done before."

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