a person, usually a young woman, who needs to be rescued from danger or trouble of some kind: This plumber is worth his weight in gold, and I would like to thank him for going out of his way to help this damsel in distress.
Sometimes Damsel in Distress . a trope or narrative device in movies, books, games, etc., portraying a female character as a victim in need of rescue: It has an exotic locale, the classic battle of man against nature, and, of course, a damsel in distress.
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How to use damsel in distress in a sentence
Does the final in the Twilight series or the latest adaptation of the Tolstoy classic handle the damsel-in-distress theme better?Damsels in Distress Debate: The New ‘Twilight Saga’ vs. ‘Anna Karenina’ | Anna Klassen, Marlow Stern | November 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Indeed, the damsel-in-distress paradigm is key in many pedal-pumping vids.
This ain't any damsel-in-distress business, like Skinny is going to do.The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill | Charles Pierce Burton