under one's wing, to be/take someone

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under one's wing, to be/take someone

To be protected or to protect someone. The analogy here is to a hen sheltering her chicks and was drawn as early as the thirteenth century, when it appeared in a Middle English manuscript. A little later, Stephen Hawes wrote (The Example of Virtue, 1510), “Under the wynge of my proteceyon All rebels brought be to subieccyon.”
See also: someone, take