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A forewoman.
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n, pl -ries
1. (Law) law a woman who manages other women in a matron's jury
2. a woman who manages other women in a department, shop, or factory
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(ˈfɔrˌwʊm ən, ˈfoʊr-)

n., pl. -wom•en.
1. a woman who supervises a department or group of workers.
2. a woman on a jury who is selected to preside over and speak for all the jurors in the panel.
usage: See -woman.
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Noun1.forelady - a woman who is foreperson of a juryforelady - a woman who is foreperson of a jury
foreperson - the presiding member of the jury and the one who speaks on their behalf
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In one of the smaller plants she had stumbled upon a room where scores of women and girls were sitting at long tables preparing smoked beef in cans; and wandering through room after room, Marija came at last to the place where the sealed cans were being painted and labeled, and here she had the good fortune to encounter the "forelady." Marija did not understand then, as she was destined to understand later, what there was attractive to a "forelady" about the combination of a face full of boundless good nature and the muscles of a dray horse; but the woman had told her to come the next day and she would perhaps give her a chance to learn the trade of painting cans.
The next day Marija went to see her "forelady," and was told to report the first of the week, and learn the business of can-painter.
From Israel's perspective, Nathan "was only a foreman, and not a business man at all; my mother a forelady who had at times designed a hat that was so so because he had been there to sell it, and now even he, good salesman that he was, could not sell her hats" (Reznikoff 1963 [1969], 294-95).
If they swore in front of me, they would always say, 'Sorry pet, I didn't know you were there.' Our forelady used to say, 'You understand how men swear.
In early August 1918, branch minutes record that three women were 'put off work without any reason' and that the shop steward complained that a forelady, Mrs Turner, had shoved a 'girl' when she went for a drink of water and ordered her 'to go on with her work'.
We are greeted by the forelady, Vera, who wears a crown of fresh roses.
Ten cents meant another seam to sew against the glare of the Italian forelady who smiled at her compatriots, greeting them with "Buon Giorno, Cara," and then gave them the more lucrative bundles to sew.
Where was Dolly, the forelady? She usually had our first pile of blouses ready and waiting.