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harridan

noun [C] uk   /ˈhær.ɪ.dən/  us   /ˈher-/ old-fashioned disapproving
an unpleasant woman, especially an older one, who is often angry and often tells other people what to do
Translations of “harridan”
in Chinese (Traditional) 兇狠暴躁的女人(尤指老太婆)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 凶狠暴躁的女人(尤指老太婆)…
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