Battered wife

See under battered woman syndrome.
Contemporary Examples

According to a CNN source, Dobbs tormented Pilgrim to the point that “she was like a battered wife.”
Is Lou Dobbs Too Mean to Be President? Lloyd Grove December 2, 2009

It’s a poem by the English poet John Ash, and it ends with the image of the century as a battered wife who comes into a bar.
My Conversation with John Updike Barbara Probst Solomon January 28, 2009


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