family way

noun

Definition of family way 

: condition of being pregnant used with in and the or a she is in a family way

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gestation, gravidity, pregnancy

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Examples of family way in a Sentence

noticing the telltale bump, we guessed that she was in the family way again

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The time commitment to be a good head coach takes me away from my family way too much. Eric Hickey, Cincinnati.com, "Hamilton basketball coach Sean Van Winkle resigns," 2 Apr. 2018 Wisconsin's in a family way, according to a new survey. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family affair: Survey ranks Wisconsin No. 6 among best states for raising a family," 8 Jan. 2018 Khloe, 33, is also in a family way with baller boyfriend Tristan Thompson. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "The Kardashians are multiplying! Three babies (reportedly) on the way," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of family way

1688, in the meaning defined above

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