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British pronunciation/hav ɐ bˈʌn ɪnðɪ ˈʌvən/
American pronunciation/hæv ɐ bˈʌn ɪnðɪ ˈʌvən/
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to be expecting a child

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to [have] a bun in the oven definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "have a bun in the oven" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "have a bun in the oven" is believed to come from early 20th-century American slang. The expression draws a metaphorical comparison between a developing baby in a woman's womb and a bun being baked or cooked in an oven. This phrase is used informally to talk about someone's pregnancy, often in a lighthearted or playful manner. It is commonly used among friends, family members, or in casual conversations.

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After months of anticipation, the couple announced that they have a bun in the oven.
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