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wallflower

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Plants
wallflowerwall‧flow‧er /ˈwɔːlˌflaʊə $ ˈwɒːlˌflaʊər/ noun [countable]  1 informalDL someone at a party, dance etc who is not asked to dance or take part in the activities2 HBPa sweet-smelling garden plant with yellow and red flowers
Examples from the Corpus
wallflowerHey, there are even pastels like peach and lilac this season, so nobody has to be a wallflower.The worst of fates was to be a wallflower passed over and rejected.Sometimes, Joan was the dowdy, make-up-less wallflower with curves that looked more like sacks.In fact you could say that I was a real wallflower.Beyond that, she had shown that women were capable of being more than simpering wallflowers, or unpaid housekeepers.They looked a little out of it, the wallflowers at the party.It was cool and fresh in the summer, the back yard blooming with wallflowers and purple bells.
From Longman Business Dictionarywallflowerwall‧flow‧er /ˈwɔːlˌflaʊəˈwɒːlˌflaʊər/ noun [countable] journalismFINANCE an investment that is not popular with investors because it is not profitable enoughInvestors started buying the new issue in large numbers, turning a Wall Street wallflower into one of the hottest financial products.
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