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mother hen

a person who attends to the welfare of others, especially one who is fussily protective.
Origin of mother hen
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With a soft swoop like a mother hen, Mrs. Anderson descended upon the boy, who did not dare resist that gentle authority.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She would be with them like a mother hen with a brood of ducks.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • The chickens looked at him sideways, peeping and calling the mother hen.

    Little Tom V. Tille
  • From the poultry-yard he will gather the dropped feathers of the mother hen.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • There might be a mother hen with chickens, in a pen which he could find a way into.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "Well, that's just what the mother hen thought," said Grandpa Brown.

  • When she was, she reminded her children of a mother hen ruffling its feathers.

    Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance Frances Cavanah

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