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common law


1    the body of law based on judicial decisions and custom, as distinct from statute law  
2    the law of a state that is of general application, as distinct from regional customs  
3       common-law          modifier   denoting a marriage deemed to exist after a couple have cohabited for several years  
common-law marriage, common-law wife     
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attractive woman that you marry to show your success
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
épouse la femme et non le visage
en novembre, fou en gendre; en août gît sa femme
l'homme ne doit dire à sa femme s'il n'est en sa maison
ayant tué sa femme, il s'est yefugié chez ses beaux-parents
fumée, pluie et femme sans raison chassent l'homme de la maison
il vaut mieux être la servante d'un grand homme que la femme d'un incapable
au cas que lucas n'ait qu'un oeil, sa femme aurait épousé un borgne
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