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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 955 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHARWOMAN, one who is hired to do occasional household work. " Char " or " chare," which forms the first part of theword, is common, in many forms, to Teutonic languages, meaning a " turn," and, in this original sense, is seen in " ajar," properly " on char," of a door " on the turn " in the act of closing. It is thus applied to a " turn of work," an odd job, and is so used, in the form " chore," in America, and in dialects of the south-west of England.
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