American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An indirect or chance blow.
- n. A child born out of wedlock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A side or accidental blow.
- n. An illegitimate child.
- n. A calamity or disaster out of the common.
- n. A blow that misses its aim.
- n. A blow struck to the side or from the side, as in swordplay; a secondary or incidental strike of any sort.
- n. An illegitimate child; a child of an unknown or unmarried father.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A side or incidental blow; an accidental blow.
- n. An illegitimate child; a bastard.
- n. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
- From by- + blow. (Wiktionary)
“In the past, every time that there's been attempts to craft this external villain, the people who are here in the United States and were born here, are native here, were raised here, or legally immigrated here, we end up kind of catching the by-blow.”
“A by-blow of MPs having both their mortgages and their food bills paid for by the Taxpayer – in the case of John Prescott having the nightly technicolour yawn subsidised as well – is that they perforce become immune from the reality of the remorseless rise in food prices and interest rates that afflict not just the poor but most hard-working people in the UK.”
“I was beginning to wonder if Custer wasn't perhaps some by-blow of the Flashman family.”
“Yet that is what has happened, and it is not a cynical by-blow on the part of Dryden; the last line is entirely rousing and single-hearted.”
“Speck Daniels, another suspected Watson by-blow, possesses his father's meanness as well as his shrewd sense of the world.”
“Stephen is supposedly some sort of semi-royal by-blow: brought up for payment, discreetly, as their own, by discreet people in a small town.”
“Certainly they're being kept away from the minute-by-minute, the blow - by-blow, of the prime minister's condition.”
“If he'd mentally goggled at the notion of her bearding Elderby with the existence of a family by-blow, he reeled at the thought of her approaching Lord Thomas Caverlock with the same news.”
““Meshisha is a by-blow, gotten in an evil hour,” says he.”
“Although rumor had it in latter days that I was the by-blow of some wizard, the truth is that my father was a harnessmaker in the palace stables, as was his father before him.”
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