Definition of Lizzy Borden from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lizzy Borden

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(1860-1927) an American woman who was accused of murdering her rich father and stepmother with an axe (= a tool with a heavy metal blade for chopping wood) on 4 August 1892. Her trial was a famous event. She was judged to be innocent, but many people still believed her guilty. Her name is remembered in a popular children's rhyme that begins:
Lizzy Borden took an axeAnd gave her mother forty whacks.And when she saw what she had done,She gave her father forty one.