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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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And indeed the spirit of Bach was often in the air at Friday's inaugural appearance of El Ultimo Tango, latest spin-off group from the CBSO (what an attractive load of chicks the mother hen has produced over the years), and one which drew a sellout and enthusiastic audience.
The stable of waiters form a mutual support group for one another, with Jack as the mother hen.
It portrays God as a lion but also as a lamb, an eagle but also a mother hen, a king but also a servant, a judge but also a shepherd.
The chick begins to ask the mother hen why animals are raised for food.
She sits on the egg sack, like a mother hen incubating her eggs, and guards it against predators and parasites.
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HEN FACTS 1 The hen is the closest living relative to the T-Rex 2 The older hens are, the larger their eggs 3 Hens can remember almost 100 different humans and recognise them 4 The ancestors of domesticated hens are Asian jungle fowl 5 The phrase pecking order comes from hens because they live in groups with a strict hierarchy 6 Hens make 30 different sounds each with a specific meaning understood by other hens such as food is near or danger 7 There are an estimated 25 billion hens in the world 8 A mother hen turns her egg about 50 times a day 9 A hen can live for a short time without a head if the person cutting off the head accidentally cauterises the blood vessels 10 Hens can see in colour like humans and unlike many animals such as dogs
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Mother Hen finds baaing, booing lambs instead of her chicky chicks, and Father Pig finds quacking ducklings instead of his precious piglets
SO much for mother hen Jose Mourinho's analogy about Chelsea's spring chickens being eggs waiting to be hatched.
OSV usually harvests its hens' eggs for use in its food program but one mother hen deftly hid hers in a hayloft.
But sitting pointlessly among the minor celebs like an unwanted mother hen is a weekly embarrassment for Ms Barber.
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Mum-of-two Yvie, who still works with former winners Leona, Leon Jackson and Shane Ward, added: "I feel like a mother hen and am very protective of all the acts.
They are The Mother Hen, typified by Fern Britton, who is nurturing, warm and approachable who everyone turns to for advice.