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distaff side

the female side of a family (opposed to spear side).
Origin of distaff side
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The jug descended in a Sussex County, Delaware, family—on the distaff side, curiously.

  • On the distaff side, the thing is too obvious to need exposition.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • It would have been too humiliating to have allied to our family, even on the distaff side, a family both poor and of no account.

  • Though they do say that the Cawdors have gipsy blood on the distaff side.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
  • Well, I do not grudge the family if, as I believe is the case, it chiefly ranks upon the distaff side.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Jean had always told her that this came from the distaff side of the family.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • For that reason the pressure from the distaff side is usually a little heavier.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • He was a member of a very prominent English family, and on the distaff side, of an equally prominent family in New York.

  • The late owner of the "Hundred" did not even bear the family patronymic, his Hildebrand descent being on the distaff side.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • It was no secret indeed that they claimed royal blood by two descents on the distaff side.

    Monk Julian Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for distaff side

distaff side

the female side or branch of a family Compare spear side
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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