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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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References in classic literature ?
One sunny afternoon when I had come home from school with my books and portfolio, watching my long shadow at my side, and as I was gliding upstairs to my room as usual, my godmother looked out of the parlour-door and called me back.
This," said my godmother in an undertone, "is the child.
And then, taking off his eye-glasses and folding them in a red case, and leaning back in his arm-chair, turning the case about in his two hands, he gave my godmother a nod.
It must have been two years afterwards, and I was almost fourteen, when one dreadful night my godmother and I sat at the fireside.
On the day after my poor good godmother was buried, the gentleman in black with the white neckcloth reappeared.
I thought of my dead godmother, of the night when I read to her, of her frowning so fixedly and sternly in her bed, of the strange place I was going to, of the people I should find there, and what they would be like, and what they would say to me, when a voice in the coach gave me a terrible start.
And when the Fairy Godmother reads them, it may be that sweet odors will rise from the pages, and half-forgotten memories will stir the air; but in the gladness of the moment nothing will be half so lovely as the voice of the King when he said: "Read, and know how you sped the King's service.
The parents and baby Alexandria with fairy godmothers Iza Calzado, Vina Morales, and Sofia Andres.
Cruise ships are traditionally christened by women who then become their godmothers.
Contract notice: Cebazat residence godmothers building 57 homes, integration clause
These fairy godmothers may not boast any magical powers, but the role they play is nothing short of extraordinary.
Princess Cruises has a history of illustrious godmothers for past ships including Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the first Princess Royal in 1984, actress Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Baroness Thatcher.
WE'VE all heard about fairy godmothers that can grant wishes with a whoosh of their wand, but how about real women who are volunteering to watch out for girls in the developing world?
The singer is thought to have chosen Ingrid Sischy, 58, who studied at exclusive George Watson's Ladies' College in Edinburgh, and partner Sandy Brant as godmothers for his baby son.
Abuelita tells Zally about the magical abilities of the fairy godmothers that are passed down through generations from mother to daughter.