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fairy godmother

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noun
  1. a kindly sponsor or guardian; godmother.
  2. a fairy-tale character who uses magical powers to help a hero or heroine.
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Historical Examples

  • I am not nearly important enough to be anybody's fairy-godmother.'

    The Bountiful Lady

    Thomas Cobb

  • I shan't run away, because I want to see my fairy-godmother so much.'

  • She noticed that his eyes looked very like those of her fairy-godmother.

    Tell Me Another Story

    Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

  • "In the little house you will find a treasure," her fairy-godmother had said.

    Tell Me Another Story

    Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

  • "There was never need of a fairy-godmother for you," he told her, his voice grave.


British Dictionary definitions for fairy godmother

fairy godmother

noun
  1. a character in certain fairy stories who brings unexpected benefits to the hero or heroine
  2. any benefactress, esp an unknown one
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Idioms and Phrases with fairy godmother

fairy godmother

A generous benefactor, as in An anonymous fairy godmother donated the money for the new organ. This expression alludes to a stock character in fairy tales such as Cinderella, who gives unexpected and much needed assistance. [Late 1800s]

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