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

born on the wrong side of the blanket

phrase

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  • Born of parents not lawfully married to each other.

    • ‘He was born on the wrong side of the blanket, as they say.’
    • ‘It is a simple story of an unfortunate who had the misfortune to be born on the wrong side of the blanket.’
    • ‘He may have been born on the wrong side of the blanket, but he's everything a proper lord should be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If she was perchance born on the wrong side of the blanket, then she cannot become an earl's wife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parents
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