in a/the family way

in a/the family way

euphemism Pregnant. Did you hear the good news? Kristin is in the family way!
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*in a family way

 and *in the family way
Fig. pregnant. (*Typically: be ~; get someone ~.) I've heard that Mrs. Smith is in a family way. Our dog is in the family way.
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in the family way

Pregnant, as in Mary's in the family way again. This euphemistic expression dates from the late 1700s and may be dying out.
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in the family way

pregnant. informal
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in the ˈfamily way

(old-fashioned, informal) pregnant
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in a family way

and in the family way
mod. pregnant. I hear that Britney is in a family way.
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in the family way

verb
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in the family way

Pregnant.
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