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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.
See also: damsel, distress

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

a ˌdamsel in diˈstress

(humorous) a woman who needs help from a man, often to solve a practical problem: When I got a flat tyre I had to wait for my boyfriend to come and help me, like a true damsel in distress!
Damsel is an old word for a young woman who is not married.
See also: damsel, distress
References in classic literature ?
Hardly had Agravaine observed these things when the door opened, and before him stood the damsel Yvonne, pale of face and panting for breath.
John King caught 10 rainbows all around 2.5lb on blue flash damsels and egg flies while John Burton included hoppers and sedges among the flies that brought him a limit.
Women in Doctor Who: Damsels, Feminists and Monsters
Covering all of the series (both classic and new) along with Class, K9, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, novels, comics and Big Finish Audio adventures, "Women in Doctor Who: Damsels, Feminists and Monsters" deftly examines the women archetypes in Doctor Who.
In the mid-1950s, an innovative group of women at General Motors (dubbed the Damsels of Design by marketers) and their counterparts at Ford, Hudson, Studebaker, Packard, and Tucker changed automotive history forever.
Evening rises have been prolific at times, with Cats Whisker and Damsels also taking fish.
He calls himself V-Man and he claims to save the damsels in distress.
Bright, breezy conditions put fish deeper earlier in the week at Thrunton, with Diawl Bachs, buzzers and damsels producing good catches.
Trout were also taking on Black Buzzers, Damsels, Daddie's, Black Sedges and Bloodworm.
The Page is a tale of knights, damsels, magic, and dragons set in post-Arthurian Scotland and Ireland.
She explained that they found that when young damsel fish were placed in a specially built tank where they were able to see and smell predatory fish without being attacked, they began growing a bigger eye spot, and their real eye became relatively smaller, compared with damsels exposed only to herbivorous fish, or isolated ones.
FIERCE-looking Celtic warriors menaced Royal Welsh crowds before climbing aboard chariots and rescuing "damsels in distress".
IRISH damsels are in distress about the state of the economy.
Flies to use depends on cloud and ripple conditions with hoppers, muddlers, crunchers, CDCs, Hare's Ears and thin Diawls and Damsels best.