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stage mother

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stage mother

noun phrase

A person who is aggressively overzealous in promoting the success of offspring, proteges, etc: Once there were stage mothers, the legendary behind-the-scenes forces who achieved Broadway immortality as Rose in Gypsy/ Many in the thin Dodger front line were pressed into larger roles, and they were cajoled and hugged and implored and cursed by Lasorda, their loud and unabashedly emotional manager, a stage mother if there ever was one (1919+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • She accepted the statement, as she had accepted the stage mother, with utter faith and gladness.


    Leona Dalrymple
  • It would have broken her old friend's heart to see her daughter chaperoned by a 'stage mother,' but it could not be helped.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford

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