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in a family way

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Benjamin Franklin
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Adjective

in a family way (not comparable)
  1. (euphemism) Pregnant.
    • 1855, "Law Intelligence: Supreme Court—Special Term," New York Times, 25 Aug., p. 8,
      She mentioned that she was in a family way and . . . stated that she needed all her money to pay the doctor's bills at the approaching deliverance.
    • 1947, "Dear TIME-Reader," Time, 10 Nov.,
      Her way of paying for these gift subscriptions was to choose one of her sows which was in a family way and, when the sow littered, to sell its offspring.
    • 2005, Carolyn See, "Squab and Squabbles (book review of Mothers and Sons by Paul Hond)," Washington Post, 15 Apr., p. C03,
      Three pregnancies occur in this novel: Nina, Fran and Danielle all find themselves in a family way.

Adverb

in a family way (not comparable)
  1. In the manner of members of a family.

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