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English definition of “trailing spouse”

trailing spouse

noun [C]    
HR the husband or wife of an employee who is sent to work in another country: If you want to hire top people, the trailing spouse issue is a continuous challenge. More enlightened employers are realising that the happiness of the 'trailing spouse' is crucial to the success of any foreign secondment.
(Definition of trailing spouse noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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