One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Narrow bands of cloth formerly wrapped round a newborn child to restrain its movements and quieten it.
- ‘The Virgin Mary is said to have dried her newborn's swaddling clothes by spreading them on a bed of wild lavender.’
- ‘The characteristic shape of Stollen - oblong, tapered at each end with a ridge down the centre - is said to represent the Christ Child in swaddling clothes, whence the name Christstollen sometimes given to it.’
- ‘Civilized man is born, lives, and dies in slavery; at birth he is sewn into swaddling clothes; at his death he is nailed into a coffin.’
- ‘She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.’
- ‘Books printed before 1501 are called incunabula; the word is derived from Latin for swaddling clothes and used to indicate that these books are the work of a technology still in its infancy.’
- ‘The nativity a scene that invokes images of a child in swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’
- ‘Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’
- ‘At the heart of the Christmas experience is the crib, where a baby was born on the first Christmas night and was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.’
- ‘Jesus is born, swaddling clothes and all, and the shepherd and the wise men all swing by for a gander.’
- ‘He gave the robe to the parents of a newborn baby to warm the child wrapped only in swaddling clothes.’
- ‘At that moment, Helena, having found the swaddling clothes drenched in blood by the tree, and bloody linen in hand, burst into the house.’
- ‘The infant is wrapped up in swaddling clothes barely warm enough to withstand the cold, with a note attached indicating the birthdate, and dumped in someone's doorway or in a dustbin.’
- ‘Lorenzo was now in his late fifties and the father of two girls and three boys, the eldest 13, the youngest in swaddling clothes.’
- ‘Today, however, the university wraps its young in the swaddling clothes of political correctness and proper behaviour.’
- ‘Belgians had oblong heads because Belgian mothers wrapped their infants in swaddling clothes and slept them as much as possible on their sides and temples.’
- ‘Dear little babies, wrapped in swaddling clothes, contented, well-looked-after, no doubt well-nourished by well-nourished mums whose breasts were brimming with milk.’
- ‘The tweezers are in the form of the beak of a pelican, the body of which opens to reveal a baby in swaddling clothes in the exposed recess.’
- ‘We are invited to share the mood of joy and hope; we are asked to take our own place in the dark of the manger and behold the gift of God wrapped in swaddling clothes.’
- ‘In one of the final scenes, as Eleanor reassures her son that everything has been done for his own good, the woman seems to be wrapping the young man in swaddling clothes or winding sheets.’
- ‘The elder anticipated Luther's confession: ‘I begin with the swaddling clothes and accept the one who came, and seek for the one that is in heaven, but I haven't got a ladder to climb up to heaven!’’
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