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.
He was born of a virgin on December 25, wrapped in swaddling clothes, visited by three wise men from Persia bringing yes, gold, frankincense and myrrh, and he was just one of the innumerable "death-rebirth" deities of the past.
He showed pictures of them on his phone -- baby Sam, dressed in pink swaddling clothes, missing alongside his mother; Nashwan, a teenage boy; and Alina, a smiling girl, also missing along with her mother.
Stollen - a bread like fruit cake with marzipan running through the centre whose shape is said to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes - still contains dried currants, sultanas, mixed peel and glace cherries, but is altogether lighter than a dark, rich and boozy Christmas cake.
While the practice has fallen out of favour in many parts of the world, it is estimated the demand for swaddling clothes rose by 61% in the UK between 2010 and 2011.
It's starting to come back and photos of Prince George, in what appeared to be muslin swaddling clothes, might ignite a new fashion.
John Henry Newman promoted the "elbow room" that developing minds need for maturation and he wrote against "dry old red-tapists," academics who wrap the baby so tightly in swaddling clothes that it has room neither to breathe nor to move about.