Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An indirect or chance blow.
  • n. A child born out of wedlock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A side or incidental blow; an accidental blow.
  • n. An illegitimate child; a bastard.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

Etymologies

From by- +‎ blow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Critics Say Political Ads Hint Of Xenophobia

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-04-20

  • I was beginning to wonder if Custer wasn't perhaps some by-blow of the Flashman family.

    Isabelle

  • 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.

    "Courage is not solely for men, but it is mainly for men."

  • Speck Daniels, another suspected Watson by-blow, possesses his father's meanness as well as his shrewd sense of the world.

    An Epic of the Everglades

  • 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.

    Cromwell & Wolsey: From 'Wolf Hall'

  • Certainly they're being kept away from the minute-by-minute, the blow - by-blow, of the prime minister's condition.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2005

  • 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.

    Hero Come Back

  • “Meshisha is a by-blow, gotten in an evil hour,” says he.

    Flashman on the March

  • 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.

    Conqueror's Moon

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