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tiger mother

[ tahy-ger muhth-er ]
/ ˈtaɪ gər ˌmʌð ər /
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noun

a strict mother, especially an East Asian, who demands academic excellence and obedience from her children.

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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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tiger mother

noun

a very strict mother who demands that her children reach a high level of achievement

Word Origin for tiger mother

C21: coined by Amy Chua (b.1962) in her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011)
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