wrong side of the blanket

wrong side of the blanket

Illegitimacy. A child born out of wedlock was said to have been born on the wrong side of the blanket, as if being under the covers was a luxury to which only legitimate babies were entitled. Other obsolescent phrases for an illegitimate baby are “natural child” and “love child.”
See also: blanket, of, side, wrong
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Fortunately, weno longer brand an innocent child born on what was once called the wrong side of the blanket with the nasty, cruel, evil bastard word.
He was a bastard born on the wrong side of the blanket.
The similarities between Cornwell's two heroes are obvious, with both men born the wrong side of the blanket, both brilliant fighters, both apparently irresistible to women, and who rise far above their station.