swaddling clothes


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swaddling clothes

1. The pieces of cloth that infants were once wrapped in, so as to limit their movement. The phrase is perhaps most commonly associated with the story of Jesus' birth: "And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes." Mama wrapped your babe in swaddling clothes and took him to the wet nurse so you could rest.
2. Strict limitations imposed upon the young and immature. Teenagers need swaddling clothes too, in the form of curfews and chores.
3. A period at the start of something. It can refer to a person's youth or to the early stages of an idea or project. In my mind, my son is still in his swaddling clothes—I can't believe he's about to start middle school. This idea is still in its swaddling clothes, so it might sound a little rough right now.
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But, in any of the societies to which we used to look back for examples--Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian-European--parental responsibilities over teenage children were a good deal more extensive than Locke's metaphor of swaddling clothes would admit, and a grown child's duty to revere his parents and respect their wishes was taken for granted.
According to tradition, Mary was without swaddling clothes for her son so Joseph offered to take off some of his.
You know that one: the babe of low estate, born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and, let's be honest, he didn't dress much better when he got older.
These techniques often include special swaddling clothes and bands, or several cloths positioned in a particular way to keep the baby secure.
The month and year I was born, Dance Magazine was called simply The Dance, and, like myself, was very much in its swaddling clothes.
goes within, sheltered in the swaddling clothes of timeless repose.
Prince Hisahito, wrapped in white swaddling clothes, was presented to the shrine in the arms of a male agency official.
What exactly would a person think when an angel, bearing a child in swaddling clothes, rings the doorbell and announces, as angels are wont to do in that startling way of theirs, "Behold the child of your great, great, great, great grandmother, who died in 1627.
They wrapped the child in swaddling clothes, For the night was cold and raw And lay him down so gently There upon the straw.
More widely known is the Dresden Stollen, traditional Christmas oblong bread with ridges down the middle -- signifying the Christmas infant in swaddling clothes.
With no crib to lay her new-born child, Mary (Alison Craig) wraps him in swaddling clothes and places the tiny infant in a manger, complete with cosy blanket.
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But in the biggest game in his 20-year-old life, he handled it like a baby in swaddling clothes.
New born babies, for example, are not covered in swaddling clothes, but in mucous, blood, and often defecate, and despite all the best intentions of our doctors and nurses, some children die.
But Rhea, his wife, saved the infant Zeus by substituting a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes for Cronus to swallow and hiding Zeus in a cave on Crete.