every mother's son of them

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every mother's son of them

Everyone in a particular group. The phrase is not only used exclusively in reference to men. I don't know how many people live in this city, but every mother's son of them was riding the subway with me this morning!
See also: every, of, son
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

every mother's son (of them)

Fig. every one of them. The scout leader said that unless the scouts told him who had stolen the money, he would punish every mother's son of them. When the football team won the championship, they were all crying, every mother's son of them.
See also: every, son
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

every man Jack/mother's son

Everyone without exception. The first term has been traced to Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge (1841) and has remained largely British. The second is considerably older, appearing in the Middle English legend of Kyng Alisaunder (ca. 1300)—“Mekely ilka modir sound”—as well as in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (1485) and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1596)—“That would hang us, every mother’s son.” It was surely a cliché by the time Gilbert and Sullivan had the Dragoons sing, “The soldiers of our Queen are linked in friendly tether, Upon the battle scene they fight the foe together, There every mother’s son prepared to fight and fall is; the enemy of one the enemy of all is” (Patience, 1881). Also see every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
See also: every, jack, man, son
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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