mother figure


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mother figure

n.
An older woman, often one in a position of power or influence, who elicits the emotions usually reserved for a mother.
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Noun1.mother figure - a woman who evokes the feelings usually reserved for a mothermother figure - a woman who evokes the feelings usually reserved for a mother
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
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We are excited to recognize incredible moms and mother figures across the country," said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn.
John Lee Hancock's film triumphs in the way it reveals Michael's bonding with the Touhys -- particularly Leigh Anne Touhy ( Sandra), who becomes a mother figure to the teenager.
Seen by many as something of a mother figure to the UK movie industry, Ross has been behind numerous successful box office draws and had a huge say in funding and nurturing some of the UK's most critically-acclaimed, edgy and popular films over the past few years.
He also describes the practice of harassing women outside the engineering school, and considers the notion of gender suffering, the alternate concept of a traditional mother figure, and the role of divorce.
A MIDLAND care home worker has been jailed for a string of sex attacks on a vulnerable girl who saw her as a mother figure.
Alice is compassionate and caring, the strong mother figure that Steffie craves.
The author also uses New Testament texts to show Mary as a royal mother figure.
For Catholics, and even some non-Catholics, she has become a champion of causes and pursuits both spiritual and social, a mother figure for Mexico and the Americas -- both Tonantzin, the mother-God of the Aztecs, and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
She became Britain's longest serving lavatory attendant and became a mother figure to hundreds of prostitutes who used the convenience.
Sali Mali, the comfy orange- dressed mother figure, is a big friend of my youngest, who takes her Sali Mali doll to bed every night, and Mees keeps her happily glued in front of the box at lunchtime so that at least there is a little peace and quiet.
The absence of or lack of care from a mother figure also has a lingering effect on the lives of children and adults, as portrayed through literary characters.
Having observed "that followers are as powerfully driven to follow as leaders are to lead," he asserts that whether followers perceive a leader as an all-knowing father figure, as an authoritative yet unconditionally loving mother figure, or as a brother or sister who isn't necessarily a model of good behavior, the leader can manage transferential ties by bringing unconscious projections to light.