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gunner's daughter

obsolete A cannon or other such armament used on a naval vessel, to which seamen were bound so as to receive lashings during corporal punishment. (Usually used with the verbs marry, kiss, or hug + the.) I was forced to marry the gunner's daughter for attempting to bring about a mutiny on the ship.
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kiss the gunner's daughter

obsolete naval Of a seaman, to be bound to a cannon or other such armament and flogged or lashed as corporal punishment. The first mate ended up kissing the gunner's daughter for attempting to bring about a mutiny on the ship.
See also: daughter, kiss

marry the gunner's daughter

obsolete naval Of a seaman, to be bound to a cannon or other such armament and flogged or lashed as corporal punishment. The first mate ended up marrying the gunner's daughter for attempting to bring about a mutiny on the ship.
See also: daughter, marry

favorite daughter

A well-known person, especially a politician, who is supported and celebrated by people in her hometown. Rose was clearly the favorite daughter of her hometown of Bozeman, Montana.
See also: daughter, favorite

favourite daughter

A well-known person, especially a politician, who is supported and celebrated by people in her hometown. Rose was clearly the favourite daughter of her hometown of Manchester.
See also: daughter, favourite

only daughter

One's only female child. I'm so sad to send my only daughter off to college! Sure, my dad showed my sister some favoritism—she's his only daughter, after all.
See also: daughter

like father, like son

Said when a son takes after his father in mannerisms, interests, behavior, etc. Tommy's headstrong and impatient—like father, like son. A: "My only interest is in making money." B: "Like father, like son, I see."
See also: like, son

daughter of the manse

A daughter of a minister, typically Presbyterian. Primarily heard in UK. Though a daughter of the manse, Theresa was an ardent atheist.
See also: daughter, manse, of

like mother, like daughter

Said when a daughter takes after her mother in terms of mannerisms, interests, behavior, etc. Tammy's headstrong and impatient—like mother, like daughter. A: "My only interest is in making money." B: "Like mother, like daughter, I see."
See also: daughter, like

step-daughter

A female child of a step-parent who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, the step-parent is the second spouse of one of the child's biological parents. My step-daughter comes to visit her father and me every other weekend.

bonus daughter

An alternative to the title "step-daughter," which is a female child of a step-parent who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, the step-parent is the second spouse of one of the child's biological parents. My bonus daughter comes to visit her father and me every other weekend.
See also: bonus, daughter

He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin.

Prov. If you want to marry a woman, you should find a way to impress her mother, so that the mother will favor her marrying you. Harry: I think I want to marry Gina. Bill: Don't propose to her until you're sure her mother is on your side. He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin.

like father, like son

Prov. Fathers and sons resemble each other, and sons tend to do what their fathers did before them. Jill: George's father smoked all the time, and now George is smoking excessively, too. Jane: Like father, like son, eh? I think my son will grow up tall, just like his father. Like father, like son.
See also: like, son

Like mother, like daughter.

Prov. Daughters resemble their mothers.; Daughters tend to do what their mothers did before them. My mother loved sweets, and every time my father saw me with a cookie in my hand, he would sigh, "Like mother, like daughter." Jill: Gina's beautiful. Jane: Like mother, like daughter; her mother's gorgeous, too.
See also: daughter, like

like father, like son

In the same manner from generation to generation, as in Kevin decided to run for mayor-like father, like son. This ancient proverb has been stated in English in slightly varying versions since the 1300s, sometimes appearing with a counterpart, like mother, like daughter. Thomas Draxe had it in Bibliotheca (1616): "Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter." Also see chip off the old block; follow in someone's footsteps.
See also: like, son

like father, like son

a son's character or behaviour can be expected to resemble that of his father.
The Latin version of this expression is qualis pater, talis filius . The female equivalent, like mother, like daughter , is based on Ezekiel 16:44: ‘Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is the daughter’.
See also: like, son

like ˌfather/ˌmother, like ˈson/ˈdaughter

(saying) a child is similar to its father/mother in a particular way: Young Jim is turning out to be as hard-working as his dad — like father, like son.
See also: daughter, father, like, son
References in classic literature ?
Now, my daughter, learn from my lips how you may alleviate this misfortune, so far as it will affect you.
But, extraordinary to relate, the father did not say, "Thank you, my child," nor did the daughter smile at her father.
fair Atalanta, swift of foot, the daughter of Schoeneus, who had the beaming eyes of the Graces, though she was ripe for wedlock rejected the company of her equals and sought to avoid marriage with men who eat bread.
Hippomenes seeks my coy-eyed daughter to wife; but let him now hear my wholesome speech.
I can tell thee, brother, when I came to hear that thou wert a governor I thought I should have dropped dead with pure joy; and thou knowest they say sudden joy kills as well as great sorrow; and as for Sanchica thy daughter, she leaked from sheer happiness.
Neither the curate, nor the barber, nor the bachelor, nor even the sacristan, can believe that thou art a governor, and they say the whole thing is a delusion or an enchantment affair, like everything belonging to thy master Don Quixote; and Samson says he must go in search of thee and drive the government out of thy head and the madness out of Don Quixote's skull; I only laugh, and look at my string of beads, and plan out the dress I am going to make for our daughter out of thy suit.
No order can be unjust from the lips of your father, my daughter.
And the father played with his daughter as though she were a child of six.
He commanded the master to come before him, and said, 'If you will take gold, and give up your right to my daughter, you shall have as much as you like.
Oh, yes, your Majesty,' answered he, 'give me as much as my servant can carry, and I will give up your daughter.
Felix soon learned that the treacherous Turk, for whom he and his family endured such unheard-of oppression, on discovering that his deliverer was thus reduced to poverty and ruin, became a traitor to good feeling and honour and had quitted Italy with his daughter, insultingly sending Felix a pittance of money to aid him, as he said, in some plan of future maintenance.
When the news reached Leghorn that Felix was deprived of his wealth and rank, the merchant commanded his daughter to think no more of her lover, but to prepare to return to her native country.
If the honour were proposed to me of becoming known to Mr Dorrit's family--I think two daughters were mentioned?
I think,' repeated Mrs General, 'two daughters were mentioned?
Vanstone's sisters, who had died in early youth; and, in affectionate remembrance of her, he had called his second daughter by it -- just as he had called his eldest daughter Norah, for his wife's sake.