damsel in distress


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a damsel in distress

A woman who is waiting to be saved, often from a dangerous or troubling situation, by a man. It's not like I'm a damsel in distress, Dad—I'll be fine living on my own.
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damsel in distress

a young woman in trouble. humorous
Damsel in distress makes humorous reference to the ladies in chivalric romances whose sole purpose was to be rescued from peril by a knight in shining armour (see knight).
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She goes from damsel in distress to full-fledged heroine in very clear voice.
There's the archetypal battle between good and evil, the feisty (for the time) damsel in distress and a rugged hero which people can believe in.
A damsel in distress - or rather a silver Espace - is stuck, having tried to squeeze through a tight corner in the car park and stopped, panic-stricken, with the driver's door millimetres from the wheel-arch of a brand new Audi.
Perhaps too bossy to be a damsel in distress (she's a Cladwell, after all), Lohman gets a power-hungry little gleam in her eye when she finally gets to lead the rebellion.
It's the classic story: Man rescues damsel in distress who happens to be dressed up as vampire.
Dulcinea, the ballerina role, appears in many guises (devoted servant girl, proud shepherdess, guardian spirit, damsel in distress, Madonna).
Dani is not the typical Grade B damsel in distress and some aspects of her bio required a good deal of suspended disbelief--like her dropping the news that she was a virgin (at the age 29) before she met her fiancee--but I accepted the fantasy and settled back to enjoy the light reading Port of Fear promised.
ON GIRL POWER: "Francesca has the ability to take charge so she's not the damsel in distress.
The strong-willed Lady Chablis--best known for being her larger-than-life self in both the novel and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--played an unaccustomed role on March 15: damsel in distress.
And, as if the thought of her curves straining out of a gingham blouse isn't enough to set male pulses racing, Hendricks, 36, might soon be seen as the damsel in distress in a slasher flick.
Using an old contact in Newcastle, he's been stealing cars, changing their number plates and selling them on, but things don't run as smoothly as he anticipates when he comes across what appears to be a damsel in distress.
There will be at least six different puppet performers at various locations in the town centre for the traditional sideshow entertainment that dates back over 250 years An actor dressed up as St George, together with his dragon and a damsel in distress, will also be in attendance between 10am and 12noon.
30pm) A Wolverhampton kebab shop receives surprise visitors, and a drain duo in Essex have the grimy task of rescuing a damsel in distress.
One minute she's playing the damsel in distress, the next she's posing on a motorbike in full leathers like a reader's wife on the back of a lad's mag.
Here, Merlin and Arthur come to the aid of a damsel in distress, and, of course, it's only moments before the prince becomes smitten with the girl.