Definition of mother hen in English:

mother hen

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noun

informal
  • A person who sees to the needs of others, especially in a fussy or interfering way: Josephine got to be a real mother hen, giving everybody a bit of what they needed
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    • I am a passionately involved community builder, I'm an activist, I know the importance of the spiritual life to my activism, so I try to work on that, and I'm a bit of a mother hen as well to all the young activists in Perth I think.
    • Throughout the evening, Patterson plays the mother hen, encouraging the kids' performances, moving a lighting rig here, adjusting a mic there.
    • Everyone needs a mother hen once in a while.

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