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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
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When Damsels in Distress is released to amateurs, I can foresee no group tackling it as a threesome, and there is no need for it to happen.
The Muscles from Brussels rushes around karate chopping his way through the bad guys and rescuing damsels in distress.
While these heroines may dress like damsels in distress, they command their hostile environments with an ease and aplomb that makes heroes superfluous, if not unwanted.
Nega Mezlekia's rich, fanciful world of feudal lords, vassal serfs, rebel slaves and damsels in distress puts a fictional spin on 18th-century Ethiopian history.
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Stark (James Woods) and his team are going to make sure she's protected, a statement that whenever it's uttered in TV land always ends up with protectee deader than Holly's singing career (unless it's said by CSI Miami's Horatio Caine, who has about a 50-per-cent success rate protecting his damsels in distress).
FOOTBALL star David Beckham is the number one choice to come to the aid of damsels in distress at the roadside.
People of all ages watched mediaeval soldiers training in the castle grounds - with the Napoleonic cavalry on hand to rescue any damsels in distress.
From Good Friday to Easter Monday mediaeval soldiers will be training and drilling in the castle grounds, and the Napoleonic cavalry will be on hand to rescue any damsels in distress.