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tiger mother

Syllabification: ti·ger moth·er

Definition of tiger mother in English:

noun

chiefly US
A strict or demanding mother who pushes her children to high levels of achievement, using methods regarded as typical of childrearing in China and other parts of East Asia: because of the number of classes her daughter attends, Lee says some people will think she’s a tiger mother
More example sentences
  • She was a tiger mother, who wanted us to succeed, and she was proud that we all graduated from college.
  • Would we be better off if every mom was a Tiger Mother?
  • My own husband was raised by a self-proclaimed Tiger Mother who is a Polish immigrant.

Origin

coined by Amy Chua in the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011).

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