born wrong side the blanket


a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used especially for warmth as a bed covering.
a similar piece of fabric used as a covering for a horse, dog, etc.
the chief garment traditionally worn by some American Indians.
any extended covering or layer: a blanket of snow.
(in a press for offset printing) the rubber-covered cylinder to which an inked impression is transferred from the plate for transfer directly to the paper.
(in a press for letterpress printing) the resilient covering on the cylinder against which the paper is pressed in printing.
a thick roll or strip of material for thermal insulation.
verb (used with object)
to cover with or as with a blanket: wild flowers blanketing the hillside.
to obscure or obstruct; interfere with; overpower (usually followed by out ): An electrical storm blanketed out the radio program.
to toss (someone) in a blanket, as in fraternity hazing.
Nautical. (of a vessel) to take wind from the sails of (another vessel) by passing closely to windward.
covering or intended to cover a large group or class of things, conditions, situations, etc.: a blanket proposal; a blanket indictment.
born on the wrong side of the blanket, born out of wedlock.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to blanc white (see blank) + -et -et

blanketless, adjective
blanketlike, adjective
unblanketed, adjective

4. cover, coat, mantle, overlay, coating. Unabridged
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blanket (ˈblæŋkɪt)
1.  a large piece of thick cloth for use as a bed covering, animal covering, etc, enabling a person or animal to retain natural body heat
2.  a concealing cover or layer, as of smoke, leaves, or snow
3.  a rubber or plastic sheet wrapped round a cylinder, used in offset printing to transfer the image from the plate, stone, or forme to the paper
4.  physics a layer of a fertile substance placed round the core of a nuclear reactor as a reflector or absorber and often to breed new fissionable fuel
5.  (modifier) applying to or covering a wide group or variety of people, conditions, situations, etc: blanket insurance against loss, injury, and theft
6.  informal born on the wrong side of the blanket illegitimate
7.  to cover with or as if with a blanket; overlie
8.  to cover a very wide area, as in a publicity campaign; give blanket coverage
9.  (usually foll by out) to obscure or suppress: the storm blanketed out the TV picture
10.  nautical to prevent wind from reaching the sails of (another sailing vessel) by passing to windward of it
[C13: from Old French blancquete, from blanc; see blank]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. blanchet, dim. of blanc "white" (see blank). Originally "a white cloth" (a secondary sense of O.Fr. blanc). The verb is first recorded c.1600. Wet blanket (1830) is from the notion of a person who throws a damper on social situations like a wet blanket smothers a fire.
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