fairy godmother

fairy godmother

noun
1.
a kindly sponsor or guardian; godmother.
2.
a fairy-tale character who uses magical powers to help a hero or heroine.
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fairy godmother
 
n
1.  a character in certain fairy stories who brings unexpected benefits to the hero or heroine
2.  any benefactress, esp an unknown one

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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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