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family way

family (def 18).
Origin of family way
1790-1800 Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Stoddart conjectures she is in the family-way again, and those kind of conjectures generally prove too true.

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

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

    Basque Legends Wentworth Webster
  • 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
Contemporary definitions for family-way

the state of being pregnant

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