parental unit


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parental unit

One of one's parents. (Often used in the plural to indicate both parents.) Which parental unit is coming to pick you up from school today, nerd? I'd love to come, but I need to check with the parental units if it's all right.
See also: parental, unit

(parental) units

n. parents. (see also rent(al)s.) Hey, units! I need to talk to you about something really important.
See also: parental, unit
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Such a power shift can no doubt be a little uncomfortable for parental units, who are more accustomed to setting the rules and don't always see eye to eye with their children.
Their children sat gape-mouthed at their parental units spewing forbidden obscenities.
There can be a high degree of flexibility in parental roles, but men and women are not interchangeable "parental units," particularly in their children's early years.
You could notify the parental units next time your sister tries to cover up for skipping choir practice.
Despite the casting of the redoubtable Frances Sternhagen and Brian Murray as two of American literature's most dysfunctional parental units, the Irish Repertory Theatre's inconsistent effort needs a clearer raison d'etre if it is to rise above the category of solid but prosaic Off Broadway revival.
It really stinks when, to top it all off, one or both of your parental units are going through a tough time.