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trailing spouse

trailing spouse
 n.— «In the past, companies primarily found jobs for wives of transferred employes. But now that too is changing. As women reach higher positions in corporations, more and more are being asked to transfer, and the husband ends up as the “trailing spouse.”» —“Firms Transferring Employes Often Find Jobs For Spouses” Wall Street Journal Jan. 21, 1982. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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