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    an only child (= a child who has no brothers or sisters)

    ... social scientists tentatively predict that the number of onlies will keep growing, bringing the national average number of children per family down below 2.1.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 12/06/2014


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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