Idiom:  in a family way


Idiom:  in a/the family way  

  • pregnant; expecting a baby

Example sentences

  • How can I say this politely? Are you in a family way?
  • I’m devastated.  My 15-year-old’s girlfriend is in the family way!
  • We just found a stray dog behind that building and we suspect she's in a family way

  • Everyone in my department knows I'm in a family way because I'm always running to the bathroom throwing up but I still haven't officially told anyone yet.

  • To be honest, I wouldn't ask her if she is in the family way because maybe she's just gained a lot of weight.

  • Do you think Sarah is in the family way? I'm dying to ask her.

  • Yes, my boss is in a family way and I'll have to do both our jobs again for the next year.

  • I have some exciting news to tell you: My wife is in a family way.


  • knocked up (slang)
  • be expecting (a baby)
  • have a bun in the oven (slang)
  • with child

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