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slang A mother who tends to overcommit herself and act with a perfectionistic intensity. Often perceived as trying or being able to "do it all." I don't know how those Alpha moms do it. At some point, you just have to surrender to the chaos that is parenthood, or else you'll go mad. If you're an Alpha mom like me, you're probably secretly exhausted from taking part in every activity that could possibly involve our children. Honey, I can see that you're trying to be the perfect mom, which, quite frankly, doesn't exist. Your kids don't need an Alpha mom, they just need a loving, present mom—which you are!
as American as mom and apple pie
Considered a core principle, value, belief, belief, characteristic, aspect, etc., of the United States of America or its citizens. Sometimes used sarcastically or ironically. A: "I've never really liked baseball." B: "Really? But it's as American as mom and apple pie!" It doesn't surprise me at all that their tax overhaul would turn out this ridiculous—after all, convoluted taxes are as American as mom and apple pie.
One's biological mother, as opposed to one's adoptive mother (or perhaps other non-biological mother figure). I finally found my bio mom by using some genealogy sites and Facebook.
An alternative to the title "step-mom," which is a female caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-mom is the second wife of a child's biological father. I live with my mom during the week and then visit my dad and bonus mom every other weekend.
slang An especially responsible and nurturing female friend. A: "I gave the landlord that form you were supposed to hand in last week." B: "Aw, thanks mom! You're the best roommate ever."
mom and apple pie
A core principle, value, belief, characteristic, aspect, etc., of the United States of America or its citizens. Sometimes used sarcastically or ironically. If you've ever wondered what it means to be an American, just look at Bob Fisk down the street—he's about as mom and apple pie as it gets. It doesn't surprise me at all that their tax overhaul would turn out this complex—after all, convoluted taxes are as American as mom and apple pie.
High-waisted, somewhat loose-fitting jeans said to look like those stereotypically worn by middle-aged moms. The phrase can be used to characterize such jeans as unflattering or simply as a label for the particular fit, which became fashionable after the emergence of the term. Ladies, we're going out tonight, so don't wear your mom jeans! It seems that mom jeans have become the new uniform for hipster girls this summer.
Describing to a small business, typically one owned and operated by a family. Let me know if we run out of milk—I'll just run down to the mom-and-pop shop on the corner. If Tall Mart moves into this area, it will seriously threaten all the mom-and-pop stores around here.
A small store, typically one owned and operated by a family. Let me know if we run out of milk—I'll just run down to the mom-and-pop shop on the corner. If Target moves into this area, it will seriously threaten all the mom-and-pop shops around here.
See also: shop
A small store, typically one owned and operated by a family. Let me know if we run out of milk—I'll just run down to the mom-and-pop store on the corner. If Target moves into this area, it will seriously threaten all the mom-and-pop stores around here.
See also: store
cliché A mother, usually middle-class and especially living in the suburbs, who spends a disproportionate amount of time driving her children to and picking them up from various athletic events and extracurricular activities (such as soccer). Primarily heard in US. I was a little resistant to giving up my career and becoming this stereotypical soccer mom, but I've actually come to love it. I just find that I have nothing in common with all the soccer moms in my neighborhood who have no lives outside of their children's schedules.
A mother who forgoes employment outside of the home in order to care for her children and the household. Being a stay-at-home mom is just as much hard work as going to an office every day.
A female caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-mom is the second wife of a child's biological father. I live with my mom during the week and then visit my dad and step-mom every other weekend.
A particularly strict mother who makes her child or children work very hard in school in order to achieve success. Said especially of mothers of Asian descent. I had always told myself I would not turn into a tiger mom like my mom before me, determined to let my daughter enjoy a more carefree childhood than I was afforded. My friends and I always joke about how the only reason we got jobs was because our tiger moms made sure we never took a day off from our studies.
slang A juvenile retort meant to insult one's mother. The term is often used with provocative wordplay to suggest that one has engaged in sexual acts with the listener's mother. A: "What did you guys do last night?" "B: "Your mom!" A: "You really need to get to band practice on time." B: "Your mom really needs to get to band practice on time!"
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A middle-class suburban woman who spends a significant amount of her time transporting her children to various activities. Originating in the late twentieth century, the term came into widespread use during the 1996 U.S. presidential election, when it was suggested that Democratic candidate Bill Clinton was targeting soccer moms for their votes. Today the term is sometimes used pejoratively, suggesting that such women overschedule their children in multiple activities. California’s Town Crier ran an article by Nicole Miller headed “How Not to Be That Soccer Mom,” warning about the overinvolvement of parents (August 24, 2010).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer