mother hen


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mother hen

n.
A person who fusses over others in an overprotective manner.

moth′er hen′


n.
a person who attends to the welfare of others, esp. one who is fussily protective.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother hen - a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)mother hen - a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.mother hen - a hen with chicks
biddy, hen - adult female chicken
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
Nobody was at home, but Daylight dismounted and ranged the vegetable garden, eating strawberries and green peas, inspecting the old adobe barn and the rusty plough and harrow, and rolling and smoking cigarettes while he watched the antics of several broods of young chickens and the mother hens. A foottrail that led down the wall of the big canyon invited him, and he proceeded to follow it.
"Charlie fusses over Maisie like a mother hen and you can see they love each other still."
Will the weepy gay mother hen ever stop calling him Glen?
MOTHER Hen has lost all her chicks but with the help of her friends, she gets them all back - plus a few more.
Duarte was basically a mother hen" to the boys, attorney Robert Greener said.
Workers at The Hawk Conservancy in Andover, Hants, were desperate to find the mother hen as she was supposed to be sitting on a Griffon Vulture egg.
When it becomes clear that Luis will just drag her down again, Maria aligns herself with blonde adonis Brandon (Randy Wayne) and his ungainly dance crew comprising mother hen Lyric (Brittany Perry-Russell), impressionable Tina (Seychelle Gabriel), flirty sex bomb Carla (Melissa Molinaro) and double-act Darnell and Ricky.
This inner circle includes women's magazine editor Sylvie Fowler (Bening), clucky mother hen Edie Cohen (Messing) and sassy lesbian author Alex Fisher (Smith).
Teacher Jill Hall had brought the eggs in from her farm and let the children nurse the chicks with the help of a mother hen until the start of the Easter holidays when they returned home with her.
They are mother hen Claire with several children, easy-going Norah and elegant Aileen.
Now, on stage, illustrious Lionel acts as a sort of mother hen strutting and clucking through hollow-sounding sibilant dentures, at the head of a queue of international dance duos (including two from Liverpool, plus one Scouse title rep and a Wirral wonder).
And there's no question of Rachel bossing Kimberly about like a mother hen - they really are just the best of friends."