swaddling clothes

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swad·dling clothes

1. Strips of cloth wrapped around a newborn infant to hold its legs and arms still.
2. Restrictions imposed on the immature.

swaddling clothes

pl n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) long strips of linen or other cloth formerly wrapped round a newly born baby
2. restrictions or supervision imposed on the immature

swad′dling clothes`

1. Also called swad′dling bands`. long, narrow strips of cloth formerly used for swaddling an infant.
2. a period of infancy or immaturity.
3. rigid supervision, as of the immature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swaddling clothes - a garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infantswaddling clothes - a garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infant
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.swaddling clothes - restrictions placed on the immature
constraint - the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

swaddling clothes

[ˈswɒdlɪŋkləʊðz] NPL (Literat) → pañales mpl
References in classic literature ?
And Lizaveta Petrovna, with one hand supporting the wobbling head, lifted up on the other arm the strange, limp, red creature, whose head was lost in its swaddling clothes.
A very young brother of his, who was in swaddling clothes, was still alive and crying abandoned in his cradle.
For what greater nonsense can there be in connection with what we are now discussing than for an infant to appear in swaddling clothes in the first scene of the first act, and in the second a grown-up bearded man?
Thither came Earth carrying him swiftly through the black night to Lyctus first, and took him in her arms and hid him in a remote cave beneath the secret places of the holy earth on thick-wooded Mount Aegeum; but to the mightily ruling son of Heaven, the earlier king of the gods, she gave a great stone wrapped in swaddling clothes.
George had taken it firmly, and held it away from him, and had begun to unravel it as if he were taking the swaddling clothes off a new-born infant; and, before he had unwound a dozen yards, the thing was more like a badly-made door-mat than anything else.
I have seen a better soldier with pap for food and swaddling clothes for harness.
But all he got that year was a shield of swaddling clothes and sheets to protect him from a damp lurker.
Barely bigger than her eight years younger brother who had been dead these four years, what is more: in only a few seconds she became more minute and thinner than him, she could easily have fitted into the swaddling clothes, or in a pocket, and could hardly stand on her feet.
We wax romantic about the stable and swaddling clothes, easily ignoring the very real smell of the shepherds and their sheep and the shocking discomfort portrayed in the story of a homeless couple who had to beg for a safe place for their baby to be born.
She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger' (Luke 2:9-12 KJV ).
Our view of the Babe in the manger wrapped in swaddling clothes should no longer be obstructed by our cares and concerns of this world and our urge for material sufficiency and our worldly desires.