damsel in distress


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damsel in distress

A helpless woman who needs to be rescued from some danger. The term is a reference to the stereotypical female character in romantic stories who serves solely to be rescued by a heroic male character. It's not like I'm a damsel in distress, Dad—I'll be fine living on my own.
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damsel in distress

a young woman in trouble. humorous
Damsel in distress makes humorous reference to the ladies in chivalric romances whose sole purpose was to be rescued from peril by a knight in shining armour (see knight).
See also: damsel, distress
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Danielle, 29, from Cardiff, plays a damsel in distress with an ulterior motive, in the 20-second advert for chilli and chocolate flavour crisps, due to be released on February 16.
He is taking a holiday while recovering from a career-threatening injury, and the last thing he needs is a damsel in distress tagging along for the ride.
She goes from damsel in distress to full-fledged heroine in very clear voice.
When Master Chemist Silas the Almost-Great kidnaps Penelope and takes her to his castle, Penelope uses all her knowledge of physics and her "Damsel in Distress Textbook" to elude evil chemists, cabbage-head hunters, dragons, giants, pickle poppers, and more.
There's the archetypal battle between good and evil, the feisty (for the time) damsel in distress and a rugged hero which people can believe in.
It's the classic story: Man rescues damsel in distress who happens to be dressed up as vampire.
Dulcinea, the ballerina role, appears in many guises (devoted servant girl, proud shepherdess, guardian spirit, damsel in distress, Madonna).
Dani is not the typical Grade B damsel in distress and some aspects of her bio required a good deal of suspended disbelief--like her dropping the news that she was a virgin (at the age 29) before she met her fiancee--but I accepted the fantasy and settled back to enjoy the light reading Port of Fear promised.
Hacker responded, "Damsel in distress. I just got back from Europe where it costs almost $1 to mail a letter--34 cents is better.
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A feminist approach colors Charles Ross's essay, "Damsel in Distress? Ogirille's Subjectivity," where Origille's story is upgraded from example of misogyny to a model of personal development in response to a society hampering women's subjectivity.
The strong-willed Lady Chablis--best known for being her larger-than-life self in both the novel and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--played an unaccustomed role on March 15: damsel in distress. Chablis spent five hours behind bars in Aiken, Ga., before her lawyer showed up with $1,325 to pay a traffic fine.
But she was far from a damsel in distress. There were plenty of well-placed suitors ready to offer aid and advice, and Marietta was already deeply attached to another man: Richard Llewelyn Davies, an English architect and urban planner.
Imagine, if you will, a damsel in distress. She has been captured by an evil ogre, who is dragging her into a dark forest for unspeakable purposes.
And, as if the thought of her curves straining out of a gingham blouse isn't enough to set male pulses racing, Hendricks, 36, might soon be seen as the damsel in distress in a slasher flick.