fruit of one's loins

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fruit of one's loins (usually uncountable, plural fruits of one's loins)

  1. (chiefly literary, idiomatic) One's child, children, or descendents.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Acts, 2:29-2:30:
      Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David . . . being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.
    • 1889, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke, ch. 6:
      "Come into the yard with me, Micah," quoth my father. ". . . [I]f I am old and worn, there is the fruit of my loins to stand in my place and to wield the same sword in the same cause. You shall go in my place, Micah."
    • circa 1950, Kay Boyle, "Adam's Death" in Fifty Stories (1992 edition), ISBN 9780811212069, p. 541:
      And behind the mare, or beside her, or else cavorting ahead, came a slim black colt, the fruit of her loins, without bridle or rope.

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