Born on the wrong side of the blanket
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British pronunciation/bˈɔːn ɒnðə ɹˈɒŋ sˈaɪd ɒvðə blˈaŋkɪt/
American pronunciation/bˈɔːɹn ɑːnðə ɹˈɔŋ sˈaɪd ʌvðə blˈæŋkɪt/
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used to refer to a child whose parents were not married at the time of birth

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born on the wrong side of the blanket definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "born on the wrong side of the blanket" and when to use it?

The phrase "born on the wrong side of the blanket" is an older idiom that dates back to the 18th or 19th century. It alludes to the idea of a child being born out of wedlock or to parents who were not married at the time of their birth. This phrase is used to describe someone's birth status, emphasizing their parentage outside the bounds of traditional marriage. The phrase has fallen out of use in recent years, as attitudes towards illegitimacy have become more accepting, and the term itself is now considered outdated and potentially offensive.

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