woman of the town


woman of the town
   a prostitute
   Not just someone who does not live in the country:
    It is ordered that hereafter when any female shall... show contempt for any officer or soldier of the United States, she shall be regarded and held liable as a woman of the town, plying her avocation. (G. C. Ward, 1990, quoting an order by the Yankee military governor of New Orleans in 1862)
   Also as a woman of the world, although to be a man of the world implies knowledge of, rather than participation in, shameful activities.

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