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the blessed event

The birth of a baby. She's almost nine months pregnant, so the blessed event will be happening very soon!
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blessed event

Fig. the birth of a child. My sister is expecting a blessed event sometime in May. The young couple anxiously awaited the blessed event.
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blessed event

The birth of a baby, as in When is the blessed event expected? This expression combines two senses of blessed, that is, "happy" and "sacred." Today, however, unless used ironically, it is considered cloyingly sentimental. [1920s]
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blessed event

The birth of a baby. This cloyingly sentimental cliché, dating from about 1920, may well be dying out. It uses blessed in the sense of “happy,” not in the ironic sense of “cursed” or “damned” (as in “Every blessed piece of today’s mail is a bill”).
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References in classic literature ?
I think I committed every possible absurdity in the way of preparation for this blessed event. I turn hot when I remember the cravat I bought.
From the violence, pressures, and humiliation encountered daily by Palestinians in the West Bank at the hands of the Israeli military and colonists, to the grinding poverty and despair facing those trapped in Gaza, life under hostile foreign rule can drain joy out of even the most blessed events.
The author does not hesitate to note how blessed events and saintly individuals often make people more aware of Satan.
From the pressures and humiliations encountered daily by Palestinians in the West Bank, to the grinding poverty and despair facing those trapped in Gaza, life under hostile foreign rule can drain joy out of even the most blessed events.
On this date, the 6 th of May, which represents a beacon of achievement in the history of the UAE and a supreme moment in its federal experience, we express our heartfelt congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces; to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; to Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Rulers of the Emirates; and to all the brave members of our Armed Forces; praying to Almighty Allah that this fortuitous occasion return for many years to come, marked by auspicious and blessed events.
Writing to understand both the tragic and blessed events of a life lived with the passion of a mystic, Ms.
Three female ducks patiently sat on full nests, each awaiting multiple blessed events. The first duck hatched more than a dozen yellow puffs, and early the next day led them in close formation across the pond.
The man on the tape called the September 11, 2001 attacks "blessed events".
But as the dead were remembered, ABC News broadcast a tape of a man - believed to be Californian al-Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn - calling the 2001 atrocities "blessed events" and warning of further attacks on Los Angeles and Australia.