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a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. Jenny can be a bit of a mother hen when we're out at the bars. I wish she would just relax a little and let us have a good time! My dad is pretty relaxed about most things, but he can be a bit of a mother hen when it comes to who I hang out with.
See also: hen, mother
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CLIVE Woodward has often been compared to a Mother Hen - overly protective of his rugby chicks.
Warren was accused of being a mother hen, over-protecting Hatton with a series of hand-picked opponents who looked as though they'd come straight from the pub on a Saturday night.
So much owed to 'Mother Hen': Helena Parobij founded KPC Youth following the drug-related death of her 18-year-old son Brett in 1997.
Meanwhile, mother hen Daniel worried that participating in Channel 4's downmarket festival of smut has ruined his reputation with the smart set in his fashionable hometown Hull.
EastEndersVICKI reluctantly moves in with the Fowlers,pleasing mother hen Pauline no end.
Perhaps the most famous face on view is John Mahoney, from Frasier, as the group's lovable mother hen who has a less than secret passion for cross- dressing.
Graeme souness paid tribute to his "mother hen" Alan Shearer as Newcastle United hope their UEFA Cup dreams will come home to roost, (writes ALAN OLIVER).
"At times he can be very difficult and trying, but Mrs Parkinson is like a mother hen with her chicks."
Caitlin is like a mother hen with him and absolutely adores him.
THE MAN WHO TRIED TO KICK A CHICKEN AT THE ULSTER-AMERICAN FOLK PARK: There was this mother hen with six little chicks, minding their own business in one of the stone huts in the Old World section of the park.
A mother hen and her ten chicks also perished in the blaze.
RALPH Fiennes plays Spider, a mentally-ill man who lives in London's East End, with Lynn Redgrave's stern mother hen figure.
"All right, duck," he greeted him, like a mother hen. "Did it go all right?"
She loved being a "Mother Hen", nurturing people and animals alike.
As the patient mother hen of Two Doors Down, Arabella is part of one of Scottish comedy's biggest success stories of recent years.