On the distaff side, the thing is too obvious to need exposition.
Though they do say that the Cawdors have gipsy blood on the distaff side.
Jean had always told her that this came from the distaff side of the family.
It would have been too humiliating to have allied to our family, even on the distaff side, a family both poor and of no account.
Well, I do not grudge the family ...