spear side


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spear side

n
the male side or branch of a family. Compare distaff side
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spear′ side`


n.
the male side of a family (opposed to distaff side).
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distaff side, spear side - The female side of a family is the distaff side—the distaff being a stick used for holding yarn when spinning; the male side is the spear side.
See also related terms for spinning.
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