One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who defaults on maintenance payments to a wife or ex-wife.‘I wrote to him from the jail where Bertha had put me as a wife-starver’
- ‘Would a woman put you in jail eleven times as a wife-starver then write a book about you?’
- ‘He's only been inside twice, once as a wife starver.’
- ‘Eventually the police grabbed him because he was a wife starver, which was a criminal offence.’
- ‘I should like to refer the enforcement of the maintenance order which arises out of one of the most heart-breaking cases in which solicitors or junior counsel appear, involving what is vulgarly called the wife-starver.’
- ‘What do you take me for, a wife-starver?’
- ‘It is sometimes said in the north that any man who goes to work in the Territory is a tax dodger, a wife starver, or a man who is anxious to avoid becoming a guest of His Majesty.’
- ‘I went there a wife-starver and drunkard, but I left it a new man in Christ Jesus!’
- ‘A high A.L.P. official had declared that I was a wife deserter and wife-starver.’
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