big with child

big with child

Very visibly pregnant, often because the baby's due date is near. ("With child" is a euphemism for "pregnant.") I am so big with child right now, but at least the baby is due next week.
See also: big, child
References in classic literature ?
I left my poor wife big with child, and accepted an advantageous offer made me to be captain of the Adventurer, a stout merchantman of 350 tons: for I understood navigation well, and being grown weary of a surgeon's employment at sea, which, however, I could exercise upon occasion, I took a skilful young man of that calling, one Robert Purefoy, into my ship.
At last she showed me a prize, and this was a young lady big with child, who had a charming watch.
She was then big with child. She shared, with our actor friends Dodo Crisol-may he also rest in peace-and Gigi Duenas, a big four-poster bed, handcrafted by Bob Feleo.