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mother of

The best or greatest of a type, as in That was the mother of all tennis matches. This expression originated during the Gulf War as a translation of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's term umm al-ma'arik, for "major battle"; the Arabic "mother of" is a figure of speech for "major" or "best." It was quickly adopted and applied to just about any person, event, or activity. [Slang; late 1980s]
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Sri cautions the reader not to confuse the royal dignity of the Mother of God with views of queenship based on abstract metaphysics or Western political monarchies.
1 -- color) The 2004 National Young Mother of the Year is Deborah Sipos, who has five children: clockwise from left, Joseph, 3; Jacob, 9; Daniel, 11; Zach, 14; and Noah, 6.
A mother of one, this veteran of the media world sits on several prominent boards and loves sitting with her son's Yankees games.
Peter's Square in Rome, His Holiness Pope John Paul II proclaimed Gianna Beretta Molla, Mother of a Family, "Blessed.
1 -- color) Transforming her La Habra garage into a study hall, Rose Espinoza is being honored today as Mother of the Year.
103] Officials lamented that the mother of approximately every fourth West German child worked outside the home.
On December 9, 1531, in an area where much human sacrifice was then being practiced, the Virgin Mary said the following to Blessed Juan Diego: "I am your merciful Mother, the Mother of all who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who have confidence in
The 32-year-old single mother of three, who requested her name not be used, had been evicted from her home because she couldn't afford the payments.
I shuddered to think of being the mother of children that should be owned by my old tyrant" [385-86].
The UPA, which defines the legal relationship between a child and his or her parents regardless of their marital status, has never been applied to a case involving two lesbian women where one is the genetic mother and the other the gestational mother of their children.
Corsaro, a mother of two, was pleased both at the opportunity to get her ``baby fix'' and to be placed in a situation where her work was clearly needed and valued.
Fortunately however, the love of the natural mother of Jesus is available to all without exception.
On hand to honor the "MVMs" were Chunky soup "spokesmoms" Cathy Lynch, mother of John Lynch, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Wilma McNabb, mother of Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles; and Louise Strahan, mother of Michael Strahan, who were also named honorary "MVMs.
Officials exhumed a body Thursday from Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks cemetery and began tests to determine whether the remains are of the mother of a Westlake Village woman who fears that someone else is buried in the grave.