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family way

family (def 18).
Origin of family way
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
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  • Romana, escaped death, deserting his poor wife, for she then was in the family way.

  • Should party be in family way an easy confinement may be expected.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • She has absolutely the appearance of being in the family way—and not far from her time.

  • May this pot of four half choke me, cried Costello, if she aint in the family way.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I stept down at my usual time, that it might not be known I had not been in bed; and gave directions in the family way.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It began to be whispered that Mrs. Bassett was in the family way.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • Shooting is the quickest, but then hanging is more what I may call my family way of dying.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • I knew two of those nuns personally, and I knew them both far advanced in the family way, in their own country, when I left it.

  • Cubina's wife is in a family way, and I told him that if the child should live, I would christen it for him, if he wished it.

  • Why don't we ask him and his ladies to come over in a family way and dine with some other plain country gentlefolks?'

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
Contemporary definitions for family way

the state of being pregnant

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