be mother

be mother

To pour tea or serve food, as it was traditionally the mother who served such things in the household. Most often used in the phrase, "Shall I be mother?" Primarily heard in UK. Sit yourself down, relax, and let me be mother. The tea's ready, shall I be mother?
See also: mother

be ˈmother

(old-fashioned, informal or humorous) pour the tea: The tea’s ready. Shall I be mother?
See also: mother