a mother hen

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a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. Jenny can be a bit of a mother hen when we're out at the bars. I wish she would just relax a little and let us have a good time! My dad is pretty relaxed about most things, but he can be a bit of a mother hen when it comes to who I hang out with.
See also: hen, mother
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HEN FACTS 1 The hen is the closest living relative to the T-Rex 2 The older hens are, the larger their eggs 3 Hens can remember almost 100 different humans and recognise them 4 The ancestors of domesticated hens are Asian jungle fowl 5 The phrase pecking order comes from hens because they live in groups with a strict hierarchy 6 Hens make 30 different sounds each with a specific meaning understood by other hens such as food is near or danger 7 There are an estimated 25 billion hens in the world 8 A mother hen turns her egg about 50 times a day 9 A hen can live for a short time without a head if the person cutting off the head accidentally cauterises the blood vessels 10 Hens can see in colour like humans and unlike many animals such as dogs
Zeinab is a "modern" woman who demands freedom to make choices while Owen is a mother hen worried that his beloved might be hurt by those who scorn her marriage by an Englishman.