wrong side of the blanket


wrong side of the blanket
   an allusion to illegitimacy
   The impregnation supposedly took place on or out of the marital bed, not in it:
    Frank Kennedy, he said, was a gentleman though on the wrong side of the blanket. (W. Scott, 1815)

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  • the wrong side of the blanket — Meaning Euphemism for being born out of wedlock. Origin …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket — A child born on the wrong side of the blanket is illegitimate his or her parents were not married at the  time of the birth …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket — ► born on the wrong side of the blanket dated illegitimate. Main Entry: ↑blanket …   English terms dictionary

  • on the wrong side of the blanket — Illegitimately • • • Main Entry: ↑blanket …   Useful english dictionary

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket — dated illegitimate. → blanket …   English new terms dictionary

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket — I dated born of parents not lawfully married to each other II see blanket …   Useful english dictionary

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket — adj. born out of wedlock, born to unmarried parents …   English contemporary dictionary

  • born on the wrong side of the blanket —  Illegitimate …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • wrong side — noun 1. of handmade paper : the side opposite the wire side 2. of machine made paper : wire side * * * n. the reverse side of a fabric born on the wrong side of the blanket …   Useful english dictionary

  • blanket — ► NOUN 1) a large piece of woollen material used as a covering for warmth. 2) a thick mass or layer of a specified material: a blanket of cloud. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ covering all cases or instances; total: a blanket ban. ► VERB (blanketed, blanketing) …   English terms dictionary


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