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family way

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noun
  1. family(def 18).

Origin of family way

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Historical Examples

  • The princess became in the family-way; and the king was obliged to go to another kingdom.

    Basque Legends

    Wentworth Webster

  • She is in the family-way, this summer 1737, a very young lady still; result thought to be due—When?

  • If a woman in the family-way looks into the window, where there is a corpse, the baby will be dumb.

  • Oh, in order that the overseers may not work the women in the family-way overmuch.

    Pictures of Southern Life

    William Howard Russell

  • Mrs. Stoddart conjectures she is in the family-way again, and those kind of conjectures generally prove too true.

    Mary Lamb

    Anne Burrows Gilchrist