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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. 2018.
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  • One would think, Sandy, that you were a mother hen with a brood of chicks!

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
  • The mother hen, anxious, took up her position at a distance and stayed there.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • She would be with them like a mother hen with a brood of ducks.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • mother hen, I want to get home and go to sleep under your wings.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • There might be a mother hen with chickens, in a pen which he could find a way into.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • From the poultry-yard he will gather the dropped feathers of the mother hen.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • The chickens looked at him sideways, peeping and calling the mother hen.

    Little Tom V. Tille

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