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in a delicate condition

Euph. pregnant. (Old fashioned.) Are you sure you're up for this hike? I know you're in a delicate condition. She shouldn't be lifting those boxes. She's in a delicate condition.
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On the front seat of the coach there was one of those small baskets in which travelling ladies who are too delicate to appear at a public table generally carry a supply of gingerbread, biscuits and cheese, cold ham, and other light refreshments, merely to sustain nature to the journey's end.
Bullfrog's eyes,--and, though a small, delicate, and thin-visaged man, I feel assured that I looked very terrific,--"madam," repeated I, through my shut teeth, "were you the plaintiff in this cause?
Covering my face with both hands, I emitted a deep and deathlike groan, as if my tormented soul were rending me asunder--I, the most exquisitely fastidious of men, and whose wife was to have been the most delicate and refined of women, with all the fresh dew-drops glittering on her virgin rosebud of a heart!
Questions to be asked in regard to external style are such as these: Is it good or bad, careful or careless, clear and easy or confused and difficult; simple or complex; terse and forceful (perhaps colloquial) or involved and stately; eloquent, balanced, rhythmical; vigorous, or musical, languid, delicate and decorative; varied or monotonous; plain or figurative; poor or rich in connotation and poetic suggestiveness; beautiful, or only clear and strong?
But in Poetry, as the literature especially characterized in general by high Emotion, Imagination, and Beauty, finer and more delicate effects are to be sought than in Prose.
Ups and downs, generosity, dark fates, the most delicate goodness, have nowhere been more prominent than in the private existence of those devoted to the public mimicry of men and women.
VIRTUE is like a rich stone, best plain set; and surely virtue is best, in a body that is comely, though not of delicate features; and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect.
A Delicate Affair" on the Western Front: America Learns How to Fight a Modern War in the Woevre Trenches
A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community.
I gaze in awe at the feather-light creations of chefs around the world, like brittle, delicate sculptures, and occasionally let out a small whine of regret.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia has settled all issues surrounding the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran through lengthy and delicate negotiations, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) news TV channel.
The country is going through delicate times and necessitates solidarity among all state organs to ensure the security and safety of the Lebanese.
You're looking for that delicate little wobble," explains Paul Hollywood, with not so much as a smirk.
The Season of Delicate Hunger Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, ed.