Definition of born on the wrong side of the blanket in English:

born on the wrong side of the blanket

phrase

  • 1dated Born of parents not lawfully married to each other.

    • ‘The children born on the wrong side of the blanket came from twenty different mothers, nineteen of whom had one each, while one woman had five.’
    • ‘There is speculation that he was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as the illegitimate son of a local squire.’
    • ‘But will today's audiences care about a bed-hopping rogue born on the wrong side of the blanket who eventually finds true love?’
    • ‘Can you name three individuals born on the wrong side of the blanket who eventually came to wear crowns?’
    • ‘He may have been born on the wrong side of the blanket, but he's everything a proper lord should be.’
    • ‘He was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as they say.’
    • ‘This is the story of a man born on the wrong side of the blanket, a fugitive from the King's justice, and the finest swordsman in all of France.’
    • ‘If she was perchance born on the wrong side of the blanket, then she cannot become an earl's wife.’
    • ‘It is a simple story of an unfortunate who had the misfortune to be born on the wrong side of the blanket.’
    • ‘Well meaning professionals believed that adopted children would benefit by being shielded from the shame of being born on the wrong side of the blanket.’
    born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parents
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