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tiger mother

[tahy-ger muhth-er] /ˈtaɪ gər ˌmʌð ər/
noun
1.
a strict mother, especially an East Asian, who demands academic excellence and obedience from her children.
Also, Informal, tiger mom.
Origin of tiger mother
term popularized by Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , title of a book (2011) by Amy Chua (born 1962)
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  • The action of the tiger mother was not different, except that she gave a revengeful growl when she got her baby back.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
British Dictionary definitions for tiger mother

tiger mother

noun
1.
a very strict mother who demands that her children reach a high level of achievement
Word Origin
C21: coined by Amy Chua (b.1962) in her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011)
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