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1. A man who beats his wife.
2. Offensive Slang A white, sleeveless, usually tight-fitting undershirt.

[Sense 2, from the popular association of the garment with a stereotype of a violent lower-class man.]
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On the second night at his mum's house, Eddie settled down to sleep around midnight, but as he lay there in the dark he heard a familiar voice calling him a cowardly wifebeater.
WIFEBEATER Robert ornton grabbed his former partner by the throat, punched her and spat on her when she asked him to leave her home.
The wifebeater, who was convicted of three assaults on the DJ, also said he did not deny his "actions" - but insisted he wasn't a criminal.
Don's over-the-top Italian-American accent, wifebeater outfit, and attitudes towards women mean he's a character riddled with lazy stereotypes.
Ty's solicitor suggests he pleads guilty to Kirsty's charges, but surely nobody will believe he's a wifebeater, so he's horrified to discover Sally's not so sure.
The poor man ends up locked in a police cell, accused of being a wifebeater, but will anyone believe him when he says it's the other way round?
I looked down at my outfit--faded jeans with a frayed hole where the left knee used to be and a white wifebeater.
The reds, greens and whites on our plates coupled with the waterside setting had me convinced at any moment IAEd spot an Italian lad sporting a wifebeater and D&G khakis belowing oCiao bella
Rahul, an alleged former drug addict and wifebeater, first came into the limelight after a sordid family saga which saw his father -- the BJP leader and former Union minister Pramod Mahajan -- being shot dead by his younger brother.
Pre-pubescent boy plays accordion on the tram, small and sulky in a wifebeater, "Never on Sunday" virtuoso.
The name wifebeater supposedly originates from the US fly-on-the-wall TV show Cops, in which many of the men arrested for spousal abuse were caught on camera wearing the aforementioned stained, sweaty undershirts.
After months of behaving strangely, Tracy finally reveals her plan to frame Charlie so the locals think he's a wifebeater.