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fairy godmother

1. In children's fairy tales, a woman with magical powers who appears in order to help others in their time of need. Cinderella's fairy godmother helped her get ready for the ball so she could meet Prince Charming.
2. Someone who helps others with their problems, usually providing financial assistance. Thank you so much for helping me with my car repair bill! You are my fairy godmother.
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fairy godmother

A generous benefactor, as in An anonymous fairy godmother donated the money for the new organ. This expression alludes to a stock character in fairy tales such as Cinderella, who gives unexpected and much needed assistance. [Late 1800s]
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a fairy godmother

A fairy godmother is a person, especially a woman, who helps someone a lot. When I began in the business, the woman I regarded as my fairy godmother was Sybil Thorndike. Our country needs a fairy godmother to pay its debts.
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a/your ˌfairy ˈgodmother

a person who helps you unexpectedly when you most need help: You’ll need a fairy godmother to get you out of your present difficulties.The fairy godmother is the magical character in the story of Cinderella who helps Cinderella go to the ball.
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It shouldn't take Amanda long to learn the lines as the Fairy Godmother - she's played the role before, last year at Blackpool.
The liner is the new flagship of the Costa fleet, and Eva will be its official godmother.
Zee Asha, godmother Maultash, said: "Someone booed and hissed me because I'm a panto villain.
That's exactly what happened for Lucy, from Newburn, Newcastle, who is now the Saturday receptionist at motor retailer Carrs Volkswagen in Hexham, after dealership manager Paul Keighley spotted her potential while he was treading the boards as the fairy godmother in a local theatre company's performance of Cinderella.
However, the main Royal runner over the next few days is likely to be the Roger Charlton-trained Fairy Godmother.
We are so pleased that Rosie will serve as Godmother of Norwegian Pearl," said Colin Veitch, NCL Corporation's president and CEO.
Longoria, 39, is such good pals with Victoria and David she is godmother to threeyear-old daughter Harper.
We are proud to celebrate the arrival of our newest ships, and it is an honor to have each one named by a prominent godmother," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.
26 ( ANI ): Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were so impressed with Lady Gaga's guidance as a godmother to their son Zachary, 2, that they asked her to perform same duties for their second child Elijah.
Tipped for success, Dionne already has a management company despite her tender years and it's been reported that Godmother Amy is planning to put her own career on hold for a while to steer her.
As Fairy Godmother, she cranks up the Scottie Road accent (furry godmother, anyone?
And Fiona's Fairy Godmother is especially annoyed, because she's Charming's mother.
She said: "I am godmother to 13 godchildren and also godmother to a god- dog, now I'm godmother to a great ship.
The production includes all the familiar characters including the fairy godmother danced by Kendra West; the beautiful but naughty stepsisters, Meredith West and Annie Dempsey; the cruel stepmother, former Los Angeles Ballet Company member Suzette Marechal; the eligible prince, guest artist Jody McLean; and the sweet, dreaming Cinderella, senior company member Suzanne Narbonne.
But the participation of the Roger Charlton-trained filly in Thursday's Ribblesdale Stakes will hinge on the ground, as the Queen also has impressive Salisbury winner Fictitious entered for the race, and Sir Michael Stoute's filly is more likely to represent her if the going is on the firm side, with Fairy Godmother waiting for Longchamp's Prix de Malleret.