The wrong side of the blanket. A love-child is said to come of
the wrong side of the blanket.
“He grew up to be a fine waule fallow, like mony ane that comes o'
the wrang side o' the blanket.” —Sir W. Scott: The Antíquary, chap. xxiv.
A wet blanket.
A discouragement, a marplot. A person is a wet blanket who
discourages a proposed scheme.
“Treated with a wet blanket,” discouraged. “A wet blanket
influence,” etc. A wet blanket is used to smother fire, or to prevent
one escaping from a fire from being burnt.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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