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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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When we looked at all the nominees for Mother of the Year, Rose absolutely stood out as the one, a wonderful human being who has done incredible things for the children in her community,'' said Dan Rosenson, chairman of the Mother's Day committee at the Jewish 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
103] Officials lamented that the mother of approximately every fourth West German child worked outside the home.
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Fortunately however, the love of the natural mother of Jesus is available to all without exception.
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.
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Mary, the Mother of Jesus, said it in the words, "He that is mighty has done great things for me.
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.