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in a delicate condition

euphemism, old-fashioned To be pregnant. The ladies of the manor are starting to suspect that you're in a delicate condition. Should you really be on a ladder while you're in a delicate condition?
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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.
DELICATE TISSUE Vaginal steaming is dangerous and it can harm you, gynaecologists are now warning.
Summary: Panaji (Goa) [India], Aug 1 (ANI): Former Chief Minister and NCP MLA Churchill Alemao on Thursday said native women and girls in Goa are "delicate", adding that t is not safe for them to work late at night.
Wine List Our wine guru selects the best bottle for you Phil Luckett Ancora Monferrato Chiaretto Rosato 2017 - Piemonte, Italy Delicate and aromatic with wild strawberry fruit characters, light and crisp on the palate.
The Addison Center for the Arts presents, Joanne Barsanti's, "Delicate Beauty" fine art exhibition of photomontages.
The whisky has a peated portwood finish and has an abv of 43%, with delicate smoky peat and vanilla, light red berries and salted caramel on the nose.
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While robots have been used in manufacturing and surgery for decades, the more delicate tasks have always been reserved for the sensitive touch of a human hand.