wife-beater

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wife-beater

n
(Law) a person who hits his or her wife
ˈwife-ˌbeating n
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You don't depend upon wife-beaters and pickpockets for your income.
In the cell next to him was a drunken wife-beater and in the one beyond a yelling maniac.
Then he had another ride in the patrol wagon, along with the drunken wife-beater and the maniac, several "plain drunks" and "saloon fighters," a burglar, and two men who had been arrested for stealing meat from the packing houses.
THOUSANDS more wife-beaters are getting a "slap on the wrist" from police under the Coalition government.
Prosecutors also need to reflect modern Scotland's abhorrence of wife-beaters.
Convicted wife-beaters could be forced to tell new partners they have a history of domestic violence.
Summary: Suspected wife-beaters could be banned from their homes even if there is insufficient evidence for them to be charged.
The results seemed to make little difference to wife-beaters who were just as likely to lash out whether England won or lost.
If it were not depressing enough that the ugly loserdom of this show has entered sartorial vocabulary, there is now a Texas-based T-shirt company, wife-beaters.com, capitalising on the apparently hilarious notion of domestic abuse with a line of novelty items.
WIFE-BEATERS are being let out of jail early despite warnings they are still a danger to their partners, a new report reveals.
A JUDGE declared war on wife-beaters after a probation officer claimed an offence wasn't serious.
Officers now pursue wife-beaters and press other charges if domestic violence is hard to prove, author Joel Budd said.