born on the wrong side of the blanket

born on the wrong side of the blanket

Born to parents who were not married. His parents eventually married, but that boy was born on the wrong side of the blanket.
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born on the wrong side of the blanket

Rur. [of a child] illegitimate. All his life, Edward felt that people looked down on him because he was born on the wrong side of the blanket. Just between you and me, I suspect Mrs. Potter's oldest child was born on the wrong side of the blanket.
See also: blanket, born, of, on, side, wrong

born on the wrong side of the blanket

illegitimate. dated
See also: blanket, born, of, on, side, wrong

wrong side of the blanket, born on the

Illegitimate. This term was current in the eighteenth century and may well be obsolete. Tobias Smollett used it in Humphry Clinker (1771): “My mother was an honest woman. I didn’t come in on the wrong side of the blanket.”
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